McConnell stands by Secretary Mattis - releases blistering statement slamming Trump's agenda
Earlier today if was revealed that Defense Secretary James Mattis sent President Trump his resignation letter because he felt like he no longer could support Trump's foreign policy moves.
The letter contained language such as: not agreeing with how Trump is treating American allies, and how Trump is not being resolute enough in America's resolve against Russia or China.
Now - late into the night - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a statement of his own, saying, basically, that he agreed with Secretary Mattis. The letter is likely to not be well received by Trump.
Here is what he wrote, and released via Twitter:
"I believe it's essential that the United States maintain and strengthen the post-World War II alliances that have been carefully built by leaders in both parties. We must maintain a clear-eyed understanding of our friends and foes, and recognize that nations like Russia are among the latter.
"So I was sorry to learn that Secretary Mattis, who shares those clear principles, will soon depart the Administration. But I am particularly distressed that he is resigning due to sharp differences with the President on these and other key aspects of America's global leadership.
"It is regrettable that the President must now choose a new Secretary of Defense. But I urge him to select a leader who shares Secretary Mattis's understanding of these vital principles and his total commitment to America's servicemembers."
This letter from McConnell goes against what Mattis said in his letter, which was that Trump deserved to have a Defense Secretary that shares his own views. McConnell is urging against that.
The latest reports from Capitol Hill have Trump standing resolutely by his decision to withdraw troops from both Syria and Afghanistan, even though leadership in the Republican Party is urging him to reconsider.