Reacting to the news of Defense Secretary James Mattis’s resignation on Thursday, Republican Senator Marco Rubio warned that “we are headed towards a series of grave policy errors which will endanger our nation.”
President Donald Trump announced Thursday on Twitter that “General Jim Mattis will be retiring, with distinction, at the end of February.”
Just minutes later, the Pentagon released Mattis’s full resignation letter.
“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 on these issues,” Mattis said in the letter. Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position.”
Rubio shared the letter alongside the caption: “Just read Gen. Mattis resignation letter. It makes it abundantly clear that we are headed towards a series of grave policy errors which will endanger our nation, damage our alliances & empower our adversaries.”
Just read Gen. Mattis resignation letter. It makes it abundantly clear that we are headed towards a series of grave policy errors which will endanger our nation,damage our alliances & empower our adversaries. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/ztc0Yihccn
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 20, 2018
“I hope we who have supported this administration’s initiatives over the last two years can persuade the President to choose a different direction. But we must also fulfill our constitutional duty to conduct oversight over the policies of the executive branch,” he added.
The resignation came less than a day after Trump said he would pull American troops out of Syria.
“War on ISIS isn’t a US police action on behalf of other countries. ISIS wants to carry out & inspire attacks against Americans. It’s better to fight them in Syria than fight them here. Especially when the Kurds,with help from our special forces, are doing most of ground fighting,” Rubio tweeted earlier Thursday in response to the decision.