National Security Council official breaks silence on James Mattis: he ‘accessed the administration’ through fired officer who met with Chinese and Vietnamese communists

Politics 06/04/20, 19:52

Rich Higgins, the former top official of the National Security Council, on Wednesday, June 3, slammed retired Marine James Mattis over his criticism of President Donald Trump's response to the unrest in cities across the country sparked by the death of George Floyd. "Since Mattis has broken his silence, I will ...

Trump taps Patrick Shanahan as acting defense secretary when Mattis to exit Jan

Politics 12/23/18, 12:22

President Trump says he's making Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan acting Pentagon chief, replacing Jim Mattis on Jan.1. The president announced on Twitter that Mr. Shanahan will take the reins of the Defense Department at the beginning of 2019. It’s unclear whether Mr. Mattis decided to leave his post earlier than expected or whether he’s being forced out ahead ...

Trump: I gave Jim Mattis a second chance after Barack Obama fired him

Politics 12/23/18, 07:33

President Donald Trump said he gave Gen. Jim Mattis a “second chance” after he was fired by former President Barack Obama. “When President Obama ingloriously fired Jim Mattis, I gave him a second chance. Some thought I shouldn’t, I thought I should,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday. Jim Mattis served as ...

Russia claims US ignoring outreach on nuclear disagreement

Europe 12/15/18, 05:16

The Russian Defense Ministry says that it wants to sit down with the Pentagon for "open and specific" talks on alleged violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty.The U.S. claims Russia is violating the treaty, and on Dec. 4 issued an ultimatum that Moscow come into compliance with the accord ...

US returns 3 war bells seized from Philippines a century ago

World 12/11/18, 01:18

Three church bells seized by American troops as war trophies more than a century ago were returned to the Philippines on Tuesday in a move long demanded by Filipino leaders, including the current president, who is critical of Washington and has moved closer to China.U.S. defense officials and the American ...

At Southcom, Mattis sees stability in Western Hemisphere

U.S. 11/26/18, 14:57

Defense Secretary James Mattis said Monday that the U.S. military brings stability to most of Latin America through its operations run across the hemisphere by the Miami-based Southern Command.Mattis spoke Monday at a ceremony appointing Navy Adm. Craig Faller as new leader of the command that oversees U.S. military operations ...

Mattis defends use of military on US-Mexico border

Politics 11/14/18, 15:04

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday defended the use of active duty troops on the U.S.-Mexican border, saying that in some ways it provides good training for war. He argued that it's analogous to a 1916 deployment to counter the Mexican revolutionary Gen. Francisco "Pancho" Villa. Speaking to reporters on his ...

Trump touts good relations with ‘sort of a Democrat’ Mattis

Politics 10/14/18, 08:25

President Donald Trump says he has a "very good relationship" with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis even though he thinks the Pentagon chief is "sort of a Democrat."Asked during a "60 Minutes" interview airing Sunday whether Mattis will step down, Trump says Mattis hasn't told him that.But Trump says: "It could ...

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