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.
Eddie Murphy poses with all 10 children in Christmas portrait
The newborn is named after Murphy's late brother Charlie who recently died of leukemia. Sharing the cute photo, Bria captioned it simply: "Merry Christmas ".
Wall Street stocks surge with Dow Jones setting one-day record
KeyCorp declined 3.9 percent to $14.13 as the yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.73 percent from 2.79 percent late Wednesday. The Dow slid 359 points, or 1.5 percent, to 22,520. " Oil prices have just moved quite markedly".
Paris Saint-Germain keen to hold Aaron Ramsey talks
Legit.ng earlier reported that Arsenal outcast Aaron Ramsey is now holding talks with French giants Paris Saint-Germian, according to reports .