BREAKING: Mattis to leave two months early, as Trump announces his replacement

Gen. James Mattis is leaving as defense secretary two months early amid blowback over his departure. Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan will replace Mattis on Jan. 1 to serve as the acting secretary of defense, President Donald Trump wrote in a tweet on Sunday.

Mattis announced his resignation on Thursday in a letter that was sharply critical of Trump, saying he was quitting because the president has “the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours.”

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