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.
Mattis delivered his letter of resignation to the president on Thursday amid disagreements over Syria and Afghanistan. He set Feb. 28 as the end date to his tenure, which Mattis wrote, "should allow sufficient time for a successor to be nominated and confirmed as well as to make sure the Department’s interests are properly articulated and protected at upcoming events to include Congressional posture hearings and the NATO Defense Ministerial meeting in February."
Trump initially said Mattis would be retiring "with distinction" at the end of February, but he became angry over the news coverage of Mattis' resignation letter, in which he rebuked Trump's foreign policy views, according to The Times.
Trump had told people in his orbit he was considering dropping Mattis from his post, according to The New York Times, and would name Mattis' deputy Patrick Shanahan as the acting secretary of defense while the president searches for a permanent hire.
Trump confirmed he would do so on Twitter just minutes after multiple news outlets wrote of the speculation.
"I am pleased to announce that our very talented Deputy Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, will assume the title of Acting Secretary of Defense starting January 1, 2019. Patrick has a long list of accomplishments while serving as Deputy, & previously Boeing. He will be great!" Trump wrote on Twitter.
Mattis did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Task & Purpose.
"The Secretary of Defense serves at the pleasure of the President," Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning told Task & Purpose in a statement. "The department remains focused on national security."
A former Boeing senior vice president, Shanahan has been serving as deputy secretary of defense since July 2017.
"Deputy Secretary Shanahan will continue to serve as directed by the president and the department will remain focused on the defense of the nation," Shanahan's spokesman Army Lt. Col. Joe Buccino told Task & Purpose.
A U.S. Soldier assigned to 2nd Battalion, 198th Armored Regiment, 155th Brigade Combat Team, Mississippi Army National Guard, takes a moment to rest during Decisive Action Rotation 17-07 at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., May 30, 2017. (U.S. Army photo)
(Reuters Health) - Voice analysis software can help detect post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans based on their speech, a study suggests.
Doctors have long understood that people with psychiatric disorders may speak differently than individuals who do not have mental health problems, researchers note in Depression and Anxiety. While some previous research points to the potential for distinct speech patterns among people with PTSD, it's been unclear whether depression that often accompanies PTSD might explain the unique voice characteristics.
In the current study, voice analysis software detected which veterans had PTSD and which ones did not with 89 percent accuracy.
Marine veteran Rep. Seth Moulton has officially jumped into the 2020 presidential race, promising to speak extensively about patriotism, service, and national security as part of his message.
Mouton, who deployed to Iraq four times, is currently a congressman from Massachusetts. He told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on Monday that he has long valued service to the country.
"That's why I joined the Marines," Moulton told Stephanopoulos. "It's why I ran for Congress to try to prevent what I saw got us into Iraq from happening again, and it's why I'm running to take on the most divisive president in American history."