Miller, speaking to Afghan officials Sunday, said he had no new orders, "so nothing changed".
President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to withdraw USA troops from Syria during an unannounced visit to Iraq, saying that many people will start seeing things on Syria the same way he does.
Dunford, speaking to US troops during a holiday visit Monday, had a almost identical message. He explained that "Islamic State" terrorist organization is defeated and the USA has completed its mission in Syria. In the U.S. the three were branded as "committee to save America" and 'axis of adults'.
Trump has not yet named a replacement, but says he will do so "shortly".
In the same interview, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass concurred with Miller's assessment, cautioning that United States and Afghan officials will face a complicated diplomatic situation given the Taliban's aggressive rejection of the current administration in Kabul. The president had dropped hints in recent months, mentioning in October that Mattis "could be" leaving and calling him "sort of a Democrat".
"I think the president has told people from the very beginning that he doesn't want us to stay in Syria forever".
Although Mattis' letter initially annoyed the president, the coverage of it was even more hard to stomach, according to a senior administration official.
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"We are substantially subsidizing the Militaries of many VERY rich countries all over the world, while at the same time these countries take total advantage of the USA, and our TAXPAYERS, on Trade", he continued. "General Mattis did not see this as a problem".
The reaction to Mattis' departure, however, sparked shock and dismay on Capitol Hill.
"Since Washington crossed the DE at Christmas in 1776, American troops have missed holidays at home to defend our experiment in democracy", Mattis said in the 20-second video message.
On December 19, the U.S. President Donald Trump stated on the leave of the U.S. forces from Syria. They were "not all military", said Sen.
Trump's acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, was asked whether Trump wanted a Pentagon leader willing to challenge him or someone in lockstep with his views, and he said "a little bit of both".
His dad served: Shanahan's late father, Mike, was an Army vet who served in Vietnam.
Shanahan, 56, is a native of Washington State who holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and two graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Trump called Boeing "a hell of a company" and said Shanahan is a "good buyer" who can eliminate costly overruns on weapons. His offices were staffed Monday.
At least 2 dead in Egypt tourist bus bombing
Another 10 of the 14 tourists from Vietnam were hurt in the explosion while two escaped without physical injuries. According to statement issued by Egypt's interior ministry, the explosion came due to primitive explosive device.
Suspensions upheld for Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence and two others
The Tigers had been preparing for its Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic matchup with Notre Dame assuming Lawrence would not play. Lawrence's official discipline comes after his "B" sample tested positive, according to Stadium Network's Brett McMurphy .
Motorola P40 to feature 48-megapixel sensor and in-display selfie shooter
The pictures have the selfie camera as a hole on the top left of the 6.2-inch display; camera details are now unavailable. The rear looks quite upmarket with a dual-curved back design that features a vertical dual-camera setup.