CNN’s Sciutto: Mattis Was Livid About the Abandonment of U.S.-Backed Kurdish Fighters in Syria

‘It is a departure that has sent shock waves across Washington and the world’

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SCIUTTO: “Defense secretary James Mattis surprised President Trump when he handed him his resignation letter according to sources. CNN has learned that Mattis showed up at the White House to make one last attempt to change the president’s mind on withdrawing U.S. troops from when the president would not relent over the course of a 45-minute meeting, Mattis resigned. It is a departure that has sent shock waves across Washington and the world. His resignation came just one day after trump announced a withdrawal of U.S. Forces from Syria. The same day, sources told CNN that Trump is also planning to withdraw thousands of service members from Afghanistan. Secretary Mattis losing on two major military decisions. In his stunning letter, Mattis wrote, quote, one core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. Specifically, Mattis was livid about the abandonment of U.S. backed kurdish fighters in Syria who are still battling ISIS and who could face a blood bath from a Turkish invasion according to sources.”

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