Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy To The Resignation Of Defense Secretary Mattis

“I am very disappointed and concerned that the Department of Defense will lose the exceptional leadership of Secretary Mattis.  He has been an outstanding leader there at a time when his steady hand and decades of experience were sorely needed.  He and I and most Americans share the belief that the United States is stronger when we work with our allies and partners to defend an international order that protects our security and upholds our commitment to peace and respect for human rights.  I deeply regret that his advice has often summarily been rejected by the President, and that he therefore felt he had no choice but to resign.”

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