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"No anger. As I have said many times in other circumstances, Jim knows who he is ... many more Americans (now) know his character".

In a series of tweets, Trump appeared to question why he had put Mattis in his Cabinet in the first place and said Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will take over as acting secretary on January 1 to cover the accelerated departure. Now, he's the new acting secretary of defense.

On Sunday, the outgoing defense secretary signed the order - which outlines how and when an estimated 2,000 American troops would be redeployed from Syria - just days after he resigned in protest of Trump's decision to pull out of the country.

"With me, hit hard instead by the Fake News Media".

Jim Mattis announced his resignation as defense secretary on December 20, reportedly prompted in large part by Trump's decision to withdraw the roughly 2,000 U.S. troops deployed to Syria.

A senior administration official told Reuters that Shanahan "has a deep-seated understanding of military operations, and global security affairs, and importantly, has the breadth of large-scale business management experience that will enable him to effectively oversee the Defense Department".

Jim Mattis served for 44 years in the Marine Corps before retiring as a general in 2013.

As Mattis played an important role in embodying Trump's strategic concept and buffering the president's strategic impulse, Zuo said, his departure would make it easier for Trump to further "rip off" his allies.

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Former President Barack Obama fired Mattis as head of U.S. Central Command in 2013 in large part because of Mattis' increasingly hawkish posture toward Iran.

"He was very calm about the whole thing", Tom Mattis said.

The White House's abrupt decision to order the full departure of USA ground forces in Syria on Wednesday provoked a flurry of criticism from Republicans and Democrats. Sen.

"He is one of the most effective generals that we've had in many, many decades, an extraordinary leader of our time who has committed his life to his love for our country", Trump said in a December 6, 2016, speech announcing the nomination.

Just after tweeting the announcement about Shanahan, Trump said he had had "a long and productive call" with Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Trump, turning to Twitter after days of criticism over his decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria, denied charges that he was rejecting allies.

Bernstein concluded: "They're talking to each other, there is coming to be a much greater consensus that he is unfit to be the president of the United States".

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