President Trump says he "essentially" fired General Mattis

Protesters near the White House hold letters spelling Save Mueller after President Trump replaced Attorney General Jeff Sessions with Mathew Whitaker who has expressed hostility to the Russia probe

Shanahan also told the Pentagon leadership Wednesday that he had selected the current comptroller, David Norquist, to "perform the duties of deputy secretary of defense".

At one point, Trump turned to Shanahan with an unusual demand. Not too good. Not too good.

Trump initially praised Mattis for his service in a tweet, writing that he would be retiring "with distinction" and that he was responsible for making "tremendous progress" toward Trump's objectives during his two-year tenure.

Mattis' public resignation could also make Senate confirmation perilous for any hand-picked successor.

"What's he done for me?".

Trump then asked rhetorically "What's he done for me?".

Trump's public posture toward Mattis chilled quickly after. But Trump hinted that he had irreconcilable differences with Mattis on what Trump views as an unfair defense relationship with allies such as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

In announcing Norquist as the Pentagon's new No. 2, Shanahan said the Department of Defense "chief financial officer and comptroller for the past 19 months. has had insight into virtually every tenet of this department", according to the official. Although Trump has declared victory there, critics warn Islamic State still has a toehold in Syria and could stage a comeback if USA forces depart. And that was very important to me.

What Patriots fans need to know about wild card weekend
The Colts' win at Houston on December 9 jumpstarted the four-game winning streak that led to the Colts making the playoffs. This means if the Texans (No. 3) beat the Colts (No. 6), then Houston would travel to Gillette Stadium next Sunday.

"What's (Mattis) done for me?"

In fact, Mattis tendered his resignation in response to Trump's announcement that he would withdraw all 2,000 USA troops deployed to Syria within the next several months. Mattis said he would stay until the end of February, but on December 23 Trump announced that Shanahan would take over January 1, speeding up Mattis' departure.

Shanahan attended Trump's cabinet meeting on Wednesday afternoon, the president's first of 2019. The former Marine Corps general was one of several national security aides who had persuaded Trump that an ongoing military presence there was critical to defeating the Islamic State and other US security interests.

Shanahan had been the deputy secretary since July 2017. His views on alliance relations and other key defense issues are not well known.

Trump has named Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing Co executive who was Mattis's deputy, as acting defence secretary.

They say Shanahan also told the officials to focus on "China, China, China", even as the United States fights militants in Syria and Afghanistan. Like the Obama administration, President Donald Trump's government is concerned about what it calls China's militarization of disputed areas in the South China Sea and by its advances in high-tech weaponry.

Lieutenant Colonel Joe Buccino, Shanahan's spokesman, said he had recused himself from any matters involving Boeing.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top These Are the 5 Best Diets for 2019, According to Experts
Jan 07, 2019 - 02:54
Thanks to science, times have certainly changed since your parents tried these old-school (though often misguided) diet tips . The eating plan features a wide variety of options, including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, poultry, and fish.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson sidelined with knee injury
Jan 07, 2019 - 02:50
Toronto for the sixth time this season avoided what would have been a season-high three-game losing streak. "He looks good. Sensational Vancouver rookie Elias Pettersson left the game after a freak knee injury in a tie-up with Kotkaniemi.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Briefing: Apple cuts sales forecast following weakened China sales 1 min read
Jan 07, 2019 - 02:15
But the majority of Apple analysts are holding onto their bullish views despite problems seemingly coming from all corners. In November, the company said it would stop reporting unit sales of iPhones , iPads and Macs beginning in fiscal 2019.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Governor calls off planned shutdown of NYC subway line
Jan 07, 2019 - 02:14
Asked whether he would promise that work would not exceed 20 months , Cuomo said: "I can't promise". The head of the Riders' Alliance, however, has his doubts.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Austin Rivers on James Harden: 'He's unguardable, man, come on bro'
Jan 07, 2019 - 01:04
That would be the largest gap between the first and second leading scorers since Michael Jordan over Dominique Wilkins in 1986-87. Harden described his confidence as being "through the roof", adding that it has been that way for some time now.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top After Trump's India Jibe, Twitterati Pounce on Him for 'Unhinged Rants'
Jan 06, 2019 - 18:20
He said countries from that region, including India, Russia and Pakistan, should be fighting the Taliban instead. Trump's fascination for India has been all about Modi's utility for the "America First" project.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Who is Sparkle in R Kelly Lifetime documentary?
Jan 06, 2019 - 18:02
Nix claims the doc is "packed with lies" and has threatened to file a federal lawsuit if the network doesn't recant. Dame Dash recently chatted with "The Hip Hop Motivator" making it crystal clear why he doesn't deal with R.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tahith Chong delighted to make Manchester United bow
Jan 06, 2019 - 17:52
Diogo Dalot definitely helps resolve this issue a little but it's clear he still needs time to adapt to his new surroundings. As he stumbled to the ground, the centre-back somehow used his head to knock the ball off Giroud's shins and out of play.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top It's time to boost Pakistan-Turkey trade volume: Khan
Jan 06, 2019 - 17:23
Pakistan's prime minister has told the president of Turkey he wants to strengthen the relationship between the two countries. Officials here believe that engagement at the highest level could help reduce the trust deficit between the two countries.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top The best overall diets for 2019
Jan 06, 2019 - 16:53
To follow the Mediterranean diet , one must eat a mostly plant-based diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. You can have red wine in moderation if you'd like, but you must get plenty of exercise and enjoy meals with family and friends.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Royal Navy ship launched to tackle migrants crossing English Channel
Jan 05, 2019 - 01:55
Some 539 people crossed the Strait of Dover - the Channel's narrowest part at 21 miles (33km) wide - in 2018. The move represents a significant escalation of Britain's response to the migration issue.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top India arrests 750 as third woman enters flashpoint temple in Kerala
Jan 05, 2019 - 01:54
Indian Hindu devotees are pictured at the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala in the southern state of Kerala on November 16, 2018. Bindu Hariharan, 42, a professor of legal studies, was one of the women who entered the temple on Wednesday .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Unai Emery doesn’t look at contract situations — Sky Sports reporter
Jan 05, 2019 - 01:31
Youngster Emile Smith Rowe who has impressed in the Europa League and Carabao Cup remains sidelined by a hip problem. He only signed a new deal in January and I don't think he will change his mind or reconsider his options.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Preliminary results will delay: DRC elections body says
Jan 05, 2019 - 01:18
That's because less than a fifth of the tally sheets from around the country have reached the commission offices in Kinshasa . Regional observers have said the vote went relatively well given the organisational challenges.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Gase has first post-Dolphins interview planned
Jan 04, 2019 - 06:08
He went 23-25 in the regular season there and guided the Dolphins to a playoff appearance in 2016. The uncertainty within the organization is the reason for the Dolphins being ranked in last place.