US Defence Secretary Mattis to retire at February-end

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2017 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis testifies to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee regarding authorizations for the Use of Military Force on Capitol hill in Washington D.C., the United States, on Oct. 30, 2017. (Xinhua/Ting Shen/IANS) by .
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis

US President Donald Trump has said Defence Secretary Jim Mattis is to retire at the end of February…reports Asian Lite News

(180925) — UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 25, 2018 (Xinhua) — U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the General Debate of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York, Sept. 25, 2018. (Xinhua/Li Muzi) (yg)

Mattis will “be retiring, with distinction”, after having served the administration as the defence chief for the past two years, Trump tweeted on Thursday.

“During Jim’s tenure, tremendous progress has been made, especially with respect to the purchase of new fighting equipment,” the President said.

He added that a new secretary of defence “will be named shortly”.

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