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[ltr][rtl]Date of release:: 2018/12/21 9:24[/rtl] • [rtl]138 times read[/rtl][/ltr]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US Secretary of Defense James Matisse announced his resignation in a letter to President Donald Trump explaining the reasons for the decision, which seemed surprising to some, but was expected by observers.
In an outspoken letter to Trump, Matisse spoke of growing divisions and differing visions, implicitly criticizing the president's indifference to the closest US ally.
"And because it is your right to have a defense minister with more close views with your vision on these and other issues, I think it is appropriate for me to step down," he wrote.
While Matisse's resignation came a day after Trump's decision to withdraw his troops from Syria, US officials said they were not dictated by President Trump, but they understood that they were protesting against the sudden move.
Trump announced on Wednesday that he would withdraw his 2,000-strong troops from Syria in a resolution that represents a shift in US policy in the region and increases the likelihood of a resurgent return.
Mattis advised President Trump not to withdraw from Syria, according to one US official, who said he was a factor in his resignation.
US officials said on Thursday that President Trump was still considering issuing an order to withdraw large numbers of US troops from Afghanistan, which has been at war for 17 years, a new challenge for Matisse.
Mr Matisse's speech pointed to his disagreement with Trump's policies, expressing his conviction that the United States should maintain its strong alliances and show respect for allies.
Matisse's resignation is likely to shock US military allies who are confused by Trump's approach to global security, which they describe as difficult to predict and go in a single line.
Trump announced in a tweet on Twitter that Matisse had left the post, saying he would soon be a new minister."General James Matisse will retire at the end of February after serving in my administration as defense minister for the past two years," he said.
A potential candidate for the post is Republican Senator Tom Cotton, who has long been a leading candidate for the defense portfolio.