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Pentagon Chief of Staff Kevin Sweeney Resigns

by Axios | Updated on 1.6.19

Department of Defense chief of staff Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney has stepped down from his post. ""After two years in the Pentagon, I've decided the time is right to return to the private sector," he said in a statement.

  • Sweeney served as chief of staff to former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who resigned last month after President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. Pentagon spokesperson Dana White also announced her departure this week.

Why it matters, from Brent Colburn, a senior Pentagon official under President Obama: "In normal times, the resignation of a Chief of Staff following the departure of a Secretary of Defense would not only be seen as unsurprising, but as expected. ... These are not normal times. With so many leadership gaps in the building, and so much uncertainty about future leadership, this will just add to the growing sense of instability in an institution that thrives on predictability."

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  • KansasTamale
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    01/06/2019
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    This is another leader that realizes our country is being run in a way that leaves us hanging in the wind when it comes to security. If Trump cared about the security of this country he would make sure the pentagon was fully staffed WITH QUALIFIED PEOPLE rather than worrying about a wall that will do nothing but waste money. Sweeney said that there are gaps in the staffing at the pentagon - THAT IS SIGNIFICANT AND SCARY.

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  • Loretta
    01/06/2019
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    How many people need to abandon the “ship of state” before the Republican Senators and ESPECIALLY MCCONNELLrealize that it is sinking. STOP trumps insanity and get back to civility and do your jobs by balancing the lunatic in the oval and doing what the PEOPLE OF THIS NATION need. Open the govt and begin to govern ... stop doing the bidding of the baby in the whitehouse and start doing your job!!

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  • SneakyPete
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    Department of Defense chief of staff Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney I’m also thankful for your service, regardless of all the negative Democratic comments we’ve seen about it. SneakyPete......... 1*6*19..........

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  • Joanne
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    “In normal times”. “These are not normal times” Says it all.

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  • Poli.Sci
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    This is what happens when you have a President who announces one thing, but his advisors, who are more informed than the President, say something else. Since the beginning, this is what I have hated since Trump took office. He refuses to listen to anyone he put into office to do their jobs. Now he has lost more important people in the DoD, people we need to make sure our military stays effective. Trump needs to find a muzzle and use it on himself because he has done this with his SoS and now the DoD. I’m a Conservative and am proud of it and I stand by these resignations because Trump is leading the Republican Party in the WRONG direction on this issue.

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  • Ken
    01/07/2019
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    This is sadly becoming par for the course, no pun intended. One by one, staff members are leaving the Trump administration because of the undignified and unethical goings on of our president. How much harm can one man do, one might ask. The answer to that question is unfolding right before our eyes. Congress has the power to stop this chaos. Two more years is a lifetime in Trump world.

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  • Stickyfingers
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    Thank you for your service.

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  • ManfromNebraska
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    Thanks for your service. I am sure they will find a qualified replacement.

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  • Deirdre
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    Everyone is jumping off the crazy wagon. That idiot in office has totally ruined America.

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  • Curtis
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    There continue to be concerns about the inappropriate—and at times dangerous and/or unlawful—actions being taken by the Trump administration. The resignation of several senior officials in the past couple of weeks shows the level of instability Trump and co. have wrought on our country and its government. Checks and balances will continue to be very important as we move through the next year, though impeachment needs to remain on the radar.

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  • Robert
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    What’s it gonna take? POTUS is systematically undermining all democratic institutions...FOR HIS OWN EGO GRATIFICATION! Are we all so blind not to see this?

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  • Lynnie
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    Like rats jumping off a burning ship...

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  • Chris ellen
    Voted Sad
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    Like rats deserting a sinking ship...

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  • Caren
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    Sometimes it is common to see a change in staff and leadership when a top leader steps down. Anyone in administration and leadership wants individuals with whom they can work well with. That does not mean those persons are ‘yes men’ and don’t think about the scope of issues, but can see someone else’s vision and may have good suggestions to get there. Any leader wants good team members to achieve an objective. When someone cannot be a team player and their goals and focus conflict; it is better to relinquish that role. Thank you to those who serve and who also know when it is time to step away.

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  • BlueSphere
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    Wouldn’t you? I’d jump ship, too. Who really wants to be a part of Trump’s freak show. I’ll bet it feels good to get the hell out of there.

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  • Ray
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    This president hallowing of our institutions including the DOD, undermining our laws and judicial system and eroding our democracy is the most harmful thing that has happened to our country. Our tv president guiding post is the extreme right who are whispering racist concepts into to his ears. He is taking our country to the lowest point possible if congress doesn’t act. Congress must protect our institutions, our laws and our democracy from this moron

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  • Timeline508
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    I’m not surprised as I believe many more critical people in positions will be leaving !

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  • Glowurm
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    The House of Cards is falling! Where the hell are our Congressmen and women? Where the hell has sanity gone? I am WAY PAST appalled, shocked, disgusted, etc.! He is running this country into the ground with his indiscriminate spending, his 7000 plus lies, his alienating our long-time allies, his conspiring with Russia, Saudi Arabia, and so many other horrible things. And no one is stopping him! WHEN WILL THE MADNESS STOP? Will someone please tell me?

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  • Tinee
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    When the Chief of the Pentagon turns in their resignation, you know there are major problems.

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  • Terry
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    When anyone in the military doesn’t want to serve, or obey or disagrees with The Commander-in-chief they should resign.

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