Trump says Defense Secretary Mattis will retire in February

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Sec. of Defense James Mattis MGN Online

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.

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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.