‘There’s something that’s very wrong with the picture…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday that Defense Secretary James Mattis’s resignation caught her by surprise.
“I’m shaken by the news because of the patriot that Secretary Mattis is. I think everybody in the country should read his letter of resignation,” she told reporters at a press conference. “I am shaken by the resignation of General Mattis. For what it means to our country, for the message it sends to our troops, and for the indication of what his view is of the commander-in-chief.”
Pelosi said Mattis was a “comfort to many of us as a voice of stability in the Trump administration.”
Democrats believed Mattis was one of the only members of Trump’s cabinet who wasn’t affected by Trump’s impulsive leadership style, she said.
“Just look at this week, the president taking troops out of Syria without really full consultation with the national security leaders of his own administration,” Pelosi said. “His reversing his position about signing a bill” to fund the government.
“There’s something that’s very wrong with the picture,” Pelosi added.
Secretary Mattis announced his intent to resign because of his disagreements with President Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria and Afghanistan.
“Our troops look to Secretary Mattis as a leader and now he is going to be leaving them. This is very serious to our country,” she said, reports The Hill.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., added to Pelosi’s remarks and hailed Mattis as “one of the few symbols, the few items of strength and stability in this administration.”
“Everything that indicates stability, everything that indicates strength, everything that indicates knowledge is leaving this administration,” Schumer said.
In an October interview with “60 Minutes,” Trump said he thought Mattis was “sort of a Democrat,” but that he got along well with him.
Mattis told reporters following that interview that he has never registered to vote under a political party.