WASHINGTON – President Trump said on Sunday that he would be leaving Defense Minister Jim Mattis, who boasted the President when he announced his resignation last week, from his post until January 1, two months before his scheduled schedule.
Mr. Trump, in a Twitter post said Patrick M. Shanahan, Mr. Mattis's Deputy, would act as Deputy Secretary of Defense.
rejecting the President's rejection of international allies and his failure to control authoritarian governments had led to days of negative reporting. Mr. Mattis largely resigned because Trump had made the hasty decision to withdraw American forces from Syria.
The president became increasingly angry as the days passed, the adjutant said. On Saturday, Mr. Trump posted a tweet that had hit Mattis . He said, "When President Obama shot Jim Mattis ingloriously, I gave him a second chance. Some thought I should not do it, I thought I should do it.
Mattis, a retired four-star general, led the United States Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East and Southwest Asia from 2010 to 2013. His tour was canceled by the Obama administration, which considered itself too hawkish about Iran.
Mr. Shanahan, who comes from the state of Washington like Mr. Mattis, is a former Boeing manager. Aides says Mr. Trump likes him in part because he often tells the President he's right to complain about the cost of defense systems.