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Trump: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will retire at end of February

ARLINGTON, VA - AUGUST 28: U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis speaks to members of the press before a press briefing at the Pentagon August 28, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia. Mattis held the briefing with Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has announced that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will retire at the end of February.

Trump says on Twitter that a new secretary of defense will be named soon.

Trump’s announcement comes a day after he surprised U.S. allies and members of Congress by announcing the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria.

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy tweeted that Mattis was “quitting.”

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