President Donald Trump shockingly announced the retirement of Defense Secretary James Mattis on Thursday afternoon. Only one prominent Pentagon reporter believes Mattis isn’t leaving by choice.
Appearing on The Situation Room, CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr told host Wolf Blitzer that she believes Mattis is being forced from his position as a result of his dissent on the president’s withdrawal of troops
“Is Secretary Mattis retiring? No,” Starr said pointedly. “Secretary Mattis is being pushed out.”
She added, “This is someone who wanted to stay on the job through thick or thin.”
The Pentagon correspondent added that the Secretary’s influence has “waned” of late.
Watch above, via CNN.
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