Trump Agrees to Send Home Troops From Washington, Easing Tensions With the Pentagon

Trump Agrees to Send Home Troops From Washington, Easing Tensions With the Pentagon
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Mr. Trump also again falsely insisted that he fired Mr. Mattis, who in fact resigned in protest over a plan to withdraw troops from Syria. “I did fire James Mattis,” Mr. Trump wrote, adding that he “was no good for me!” In fact, when Mr. Mattis stepped down in December 2018, Mr. Trump himself wrote that “General Jim Mattis will be retiring, with distinction.” He changed his story only to maintain that he had fired Mr. Mattis after growing angry about the former defense secretary’s resignation letter.

In private conversations lately with aides, the president described Mr. Mattis as someone more concerned about getting invited to parties in Washington than anything else, according to a person familiar with the discussion. He has come to see Mr. Mattis the same way he views…



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