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'Sad Day': Republicans React to Mattis Quitting Trump Administration

How do you feel about Mattis' departure?

by Axios | Updated on 12.20.18

Just on the heels of President Trump's announcement that he would be pulling troops out of Syria, Defense Secretary James Mattis announced his resignation from the Trump administration, effective at the end of February.

Why it matters: Though Trump described Mattis' departure as a retirement, Mattis painted a picture of dissenting opinion in his resignation letter, saying he was "not aligned" with the president on key decisions. Key Republican officials are reacting to the news with reverence for Mattis and hope for the future.


What they're saying

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.): "General Mattis is a combination of intellect and integrity. He has been in the fight against radical Islam for decades and provided sound and ethical military advice to President Trump."
  • House Speaker Paul Ryan: "The House is indebted to Secretary Mattis for his service. With our country’s defense in his hands, we have become a safer America at home, and a more commanding force abroad. His patriotism and grit are matched only by his humility and graciousness."
  • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.): "Just read Gen. Mattis resignation letter. It makes it abundantly clear that we are headed towards a series of grave policy errors which will endanger our nation, damage our alliances and empower our adversaries."
  • Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.): "This is a sad day. General Mattis was giving advice POTUS needs to hear. Mattis rightly believes that Russia [and] China are adversaries, and that we are at war with jihadists across the globe who plot to kill Americans. Isolationism is a weak strategy that will harm Americans."
  • Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) "Secretary Mattis served his country with honor. His resignation is a loss to our country’s leadership."

Go deeper: Read Mattis' resignation letter

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  • Donna
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    12/21/2018
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    So, the republicans are 'upset' with this departure? They have no one to blame but themselves. They have turned our nation over to a completely unfit, totally unpredictable and dangerous tyrant-in-training. General Mattis has shown them all how to stand up for our nation and ones principles. Unfortunately, he appears to be among a small minority in government today and I fear they will just ignore his example, making us even less safe. We are in trouble!

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  • Ellen
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    12/21/2018
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    I am sorry he is gone but not surprised. No one can work with the toddler in chief.

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  • Abbi
    12/21/2018
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    Just a reminder people, none of this is normal. We should not have people resigning from White House staff at this rate.

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  • Sherry
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    12/21/2018
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    The President is totally incompetent when it comes to foreign relations and the military. I think we need to stop Trump from totally destroying this country with his total failure to do anything worthwhile in any arena.

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  • Alex
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    12/21/2018
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    Last adult in the room is leaving. Horrified to think what this means for the man child at the top who wants nothing more than to stay in power, even if it means nuking an enemy.

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  • Rj
    12/21/2018
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    I’m glad republicans are upset about Mattis leaving! It’s about time they WAKE up and see what trump is doing to America. Trump has been bought by Putin and his actions show that. He IS Putin’s puppet. It’s time to get trump out of the Oval Office.

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  • Timeline508
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    12/21/2018
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    Just affirms the credibly of Trump and the constant revolving door at the White House. Not one single day goes by without drama,

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  • Alias316
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    12/21/2018
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    A good man and he will be missed. I’m sure the President will replace him with someone just as good.

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  • Tina
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    12/21/2018
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    I need my legislators to impeach or arrest Trump before we become victims of another TERRORIST ATTACK as well as dismantling trust of AFGHANISTAN and SYRIA creating two Iraq’s. This is exactly what we did when we went in to help fight back RUSSIA in IRAQ, we bailed and created the the TERRORISTS!!

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  • Debra
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    12/21/2018
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    This makes us even more vulnerable to the whims of an unknowing and unstable President. Everyone who doesn’t stand up against him is guilty.

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  • Christina
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    12/21/2018
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    Trump’s abrupt decision to pull out of Syria is completely irresponsible. We should get out of Syria but not without careful study and collaboration and planning. Trump is an idiot and a crook. Impeach him.

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  • Hillary
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    12/21/2018
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    How about instead of everyone else running out of the White House trump just leaves so they can stay? GOP wake up. If you don’t call out “the emperors new clothes” now you have lost any little bit of credibility you ever had.

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  • MaryEllenLK
    Voted Sad
    12/21/2018
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    45 operates more and more like a dictator every day, refusing to listen to those who know more than he does on practically every subject. He’s ceding the world to Putin, Xi, Iran, and the terrorists, and he does it by tweet and his “gut”, not by consultation with the experts. There has to be a way to make him stop but Congress has abdicated it’s responsibilities as the check on a rogue president.

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  • Patty
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    I am sick of Trump's stupidity...

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  • Ed
    12/21/2018
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    Do you remember during the debates all president trump would say is... I know all the best people. I'm going to have all the best people. The best people are going to work in my administration. Well it seems if you are even half capable of doing their job, they leave. Not a big surprise working for this disgrace of a Commander and Fraud.

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  • Christopher
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    12/21/2018
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    This leaves only the sycophants in charge, it’s time this Administration was retired.

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  • Ted
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    12/21/2018
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    Mattis wasn't ever my choice for a cabinet post, but at least he was an experienced ADULT. Our juvenile, impulsive president needs more ADULTS in his circle. Now I fear for what Trump may do with only crazies surrounding him. Trump seems intent upon creating a crisis, apparently in homes the country will get in line behind him. Not likely to happen, but he may create the crisis just in an effort to make his crazy vision come to fruition.

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  • Vanessa
    Voted Sad
    12/21/2018
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    The last grownup leaves the room...It’s time for Congress to take control of a bad situation.

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  • Nancy
    Voted Sad
    12/21/2018
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    THE POS POTUS NOW HAS SUPPOSEDLY FREE REIN UNLESS CONGRESS FINALLY GETS A SPINE AND/OR A SET OF BALLS AND DEMANDS HE EITHER RESPECTS HIS OATH OF OFFICE OR GOES TO PRISON FOR REFUSING TO DO SO!!!!!

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  • Judi
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    12/21/2018
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    Hate it when the good guys jump ship. We need some smart people there to keep this out-of-control president somewhat in check.

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  • Vicky
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    12/21/2018
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    This equally sad and scary resignation of Secretary Mattis has been coming. The Republican Party and its relentless support of Trump, no matter how detrimental to our country, has been complicit into how we have arrived at this point in time. The passive and overt approval that Trump has received since he has been in office will be recorded as one of the most shameful in history. By not standing up to Trump as he has systematically isolated us from our allies and has embraced instead the authoritarian leaders of Russia, China and even North Korea, the GOP is giving its approval. The net result of this support is an America that is vulnerable and isolated. This must not stand. Right now we have lost a clear minded patriot that solely had the best interests of this nations security in the forefront of his polices in the running of the Defense department. As Trump becomes more and more subservient in his approach to the aforementioned countries every citizen of this country should be hearing and seeing red alarms going off. Congress has a duty to oversee the actions of this increasingly dangerous President. Now that the last voice of sanity has left, please step up and do your job.

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  • S
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    12/21/2018
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    One more adult leaving the day care center to be run by the ADHD children. Don't blame him. No one can work for a crazy unless they are themselves unhinged. Pity for the country. Trumpettes wanted trump now they have him on steroids. Old saying. Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.

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