President Trump is already looking for a replacement for General Mattis at the Department of Defense. The Daily Caller reports:
Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced his intention Thursday evening to retire in late February, with President Donald Trump noting that he would name his successor in the coming days.
….equipment. General Mattis was a great help to me in getting allies and other countries to pay their share of military obligations. A new Secretary of Defense will be named shortly. I greatly thank Jim for his service!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2018
Mattis’s announcement ignited a fire of speculation in Washington as to who would replace the most respected member of Trump’s cabinet.
Mattis resigned from the administration over several disagreements with Trump on foreign policy, particularly in light of recent decisions to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria and draw down the U.S. presence in Afghanistan.
Mattis’s resignation letter laid out several areas of disagreement with Trump’s world view noting, “because you have the right to have a secretary of defense whose views better align with yours….I believe it is right for me to step down from my position.”
This is creating a greater workload for Trump’s staff to find another cabinet member.