@FrancisRoseDC: Fear of possible withdrawals from Afghanistan and Korea. Mattis doesn't agree with the president’s decision to withdraw from Syria; worries about possible other major withdrawals. Sensing Trump no longer values his advice, he moves on.
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Francis Rose, host, National Defense Week; and francisrose.com, @FrancisRoseDC, in re: when a Secretary senses that a president no longer values his advice, he moves on. Mattis doesn't agree with the president’s decision to withdraw from Syria; worries about possible withdrawals from Afghanistan and perhaps Korea. A Chief Info Ofcr from a civilian agy said: I watch the DoD for policy, decision-making (incl back-office Rumors are flying about the Mattis resignation, although he’s stayed about as long as most Secretaries do. Federal furlough: those who aren’t required to report during a shut-down just don't appear, and are unpaid till the shut-down is over. An unfunded Agy is the Natl Parks Service. The VA is happier than it was a year ago.