Trump Says Defense Secretary Mattis Will Retire In February

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has announced that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will retire at the end of February.

Trump says on Twitter that a new Secretary of Defense will be named soon. 

Trump's announcement comes a day after he surprised U.S. allies and members of Congress by announcing the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria.

However, Jim Mattis says Trump deserves a defense secretary `whose views are better aligned with yours,' says he's stepping down.

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