The leading Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday struck President Trump Donald John TrumpFuneral for Guatemala's girl, who died in US custody. 2020 Dems go on the offensive for drug prices and solve our national problems MORE For the forced early withdrawal of the Secretary of Defense James Mattis James Norman MattisMissile strike in Damascus after months of break National security, after Mattis the Americans of all Alarmed by the political parties Mattis is working on at the Pentagon this Christmas, troops say, "Stick to the line" MORE "which says the country is" put in a riskier position. "
" We face many challenges and too complex a threat environment that could increase our risk if we leave the country without experienced national security chairman of the seat, "Rep. Adam Smith David (Adam) Adam SmithHouse the legislator provides To calm Australia after Mattis resigned. Mattis resigns is not in line with Trump's overnight defense: Senate concedes Trump Yemen war vote, Resolution calls Crown Prince "responsible" for Khashoggi's killing | Home discussion about Saudi Arabia is not moving | Inhofe doubts Space Force MORE (D-Wash.) Said in a statement.
Trump on Sunday announced that he had removed Mattis, who resigned last Thursday, two months before his scheduled departure in late February. The president said Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will serve as Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1 January.
Smith described the hasty transition as a mistake by Trump and asked for an explanation of why Mattis must go earlier.
The president has no reason why Mattis can not stay until the end of February as planned, "he wrote.
While Smith believes that Shanahan will be able to successfully serve as Deputy Secretary of Defense – with management expertise "valuable and conducive to the Pentagon's operations" – the legislature doubts its long-term capabilities as Pentagon chief. [19659013"HedoesnothavethefullunderstandingofglobalsecuritythreatsthatSecretaryofStateMattisknowsPuttinghimintheroleofasecretaryactinginthiswayunnecessarilyputstheUSinariskierposition"Smithwarns
Mattis announced his resignation after the White House announced its intention to withdraw US troops from Syria. A move that the defense chief vehemently rejects.
In his resignation letter, Mattis said his worldviews are not consistent with Trump's & # 39; and that he would leave at the end of February.
He added: "over four decades". Experience has taught him the value of coalitions such as NATO and the anti-ISIS coalition, and has made him strong against opponents such as China and Russia.
After days of worsening the letter, Trump announced on Sunday that he had ousted Mattis early.