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"How has he done in Afghanistan?"

CNN then aired a segment discussing the highly dubious history of Trump using a doctor's note alleging he had "bone spurs" to get out of serving in the Vietnam War.

Bizarrely, Trump claimed Wednesday during a Cabinet meeting that, "I think I would have been a good general, but who knows?" "ISIS is being dealt one brutal defeat after another", he said at a rally in Florida.

Trump prefaced his comments Wednesday by saying Mattis had personally thanked him for helping secure $716 billion (U.S.) for national security in the current fiscal year.

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"I now look forward to working with President Trump to carry out his vision alongside strong leaders including the service secretaries, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the combatant commanders, and senior personnel in the Office of the Secretary of Defense", Shanahan said.

In a resignation letter that amounted to a rebuke of Trump's view on how to treat alliances and adversaries, Mattis wrote, "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 handed in his resignation on December 20 after a series of policy disagreements with Trump, including the president's shock decision - announced on Twitter - to withdraw troops from Syria. Trump said. "How had he done in Afghanistan?" Former Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who commanded USA forces in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010, called Trump "immoral" in an appearance on ABC News over the weekend, to which Trump responded that McChrystal had a "big, dumb mouth" and was a "Hillary [Clinton] lover". In the letter, Mattis said he would step down February 28, but Trump later accelerated that to the end of the year.

He also criticised his former Pentagon chief for his lack of progress in ending U.S. involvement in military conflicts in the Middle East.

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