Two years after my administration served as Minister of Defense, the respected General Matisse will step down at the end of February. Trump wrote on social networking sites. Trump thanked Matisse and said the new ministerial nomination would soon be announced.
Matisse wrote in a letter to Trump: Because you have the right to choose a Defense Minister who is more in line with your views on these issues, I think my resignation is the right choice.
Matisse said that his core belief is that the strength of the United States is inseparable from the strength of the alliance partnership system, but we cant protect our interests and play an effective role without maintaining our relationship with powerful allies and disrespecting them.
The day before, Trump had just announced his decision to withdraw from Syria, a move that raised concerns among many Pentagon officials.
Pentagon officials said Matisse had stressed that the U.S. counter-terrorism campaign in Syria was not over and that a small portion of the U.S. military in Syria should be retained.
Source: Qian Mingxiao_NBJ10675, Responsible Editor of CNN