Nearly two weeks after he submitted his resignation letter, former Defense Secretary James Mattis has officially left the Pentagon. The building already feels like a less lethal place.
The legendary Marine general has been replaced by former Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan, who has a reputation for being able to solve complicated problems. (As the Pentagon's space guy, he is also the defense official whom your friendly Pentagon correspondent once asked if Space Force needed a Starfleet Academy and rifle squads to "seek out and destroy other lifeforms.")
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he was "in no rush" to pick someone to replace Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, which must be a huge disappointment to the hundreds of candidates clamoring for the job previously held by one of the most-respected generals in decades who just resigned in protest.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has signed the execute order withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed to Task & Purpose.
President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would remove Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and replace him with his deputy on Jan. 1, 2019, instead of waiting for the end of February as was previously announced.
It took three days before President Donald Trump finally went after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. That must be a new record.
And so Mattis goes.