Yesterday Secretary of Defense James Mattis handed in his letter of resignation after President Donald Trump announced he would pull American troops out of Syria, and other reports saying he's considering doing the same in Afghanistan. And it appears Mattis does not think Trump has America's best interests at heart in his letter.
Mattis' resignation letter contains several references that the president may not have America's best interests at heart. The biggest part of the letter is when Mattis discusses Russia's desire to exert influence over the United States. Here's what he said:
"I believe we must be resolute and unambiguous in our approach to those countries whose strategic interests are increasingly in tension with ours," Mattis wrote. "It is clear that China and Russia, for example, want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model - gaining veto authority over other nations' economic, diplomatic, and security decisions - to promote their own interests at the expense of their neighbors, America and our allies."
Trump has often been accused of being a Russian puppet, and Mattis' letter indicates that he believes the president isn't doing enough to prevent Russia and China from exerting influence on U.S. affairs. Basically, he's calling Trump a Russian puppet. This is also supported by the fact that Russia wanted U.S. troops out of Syria.
Mattis also seems to criticize the president for his aggressive stance towards America's allies.
"My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion in these issues," Mattis wrote.
Trump has often been criticized for his hostile attitudes towards various American allies, particularly those in NATO. Mattis appears to be calling out the president for not honoring those alliances, but being ok with advancing Russian interests.
Mattis' resignation has caused alarm among many Trump critics as he was seen as one of the few members of the president's cabinet who was able to push back and not let the president pursue his own agenda regardless of consequences.
And you're saying we have at least two more years of this?