In addition to opposing the spread of authoritarianism, Mattis was adamant about the US' role in upholding worldwide maritime law, and took a hard line in support of U.S. freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea.
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Shanahan, 56, was proposed for the deputy role a year ago after moving up the ranks at the aerospace giant, which he joined in 1986.
Mattis resigned last week over his differences with Trump on key policy issues, especially on his decision to withdraw USA troops from Syria.
Trump announced Shanahan's appointment in a tweet, calling the former Boeing Co executive "very talented".
In the letter, which was described to the Associated Press by an official familiar with its contents, McGurk said fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) were on the run, but not yet defeated as Trump had said.
Mattis in a resignation letter said he was stepping down at the end of February citing the fact that Trump needed to find a defence chief, whose views were more aligned with his own.
Brett McGurk announced his departure just two days after the president's defence secretary, Jim Mattis, made a decision to quit.
Manhunt for suspected suspected cop killer in California CBS News has confirmed there is no bodycam and no dashcam video of the shooting - and the motive is still a mystery. The suspect was reported to be driving a silver Dodge Ram 1500 extended-cab pickup truck, model year 2002 to 2009.
Guardiola in new territory with English title fight City were being tipped as the next Invincibles less than three weeks ago but a defeat at Chelsea has turned everything around. We lose a game, it happens. "Fernandinho is not playing because he is injured so we have to overcome it.
But the Trump administration instead "focused on how do we punish Russian Federation and hit them on the nose", Weiss said.
"While the USA remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we can not protect our interests or serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to those allies", Mattis wrote.
Discussing the USA role in Syria this month, he had told journalists that "it would be reckless if we were just to say, 'Well, the physical caliphate is defeated, so we can just leave now'".
On Thursday, Mattis had abruptly said he was quitting, effective February 28, after falling out with Trump over his foreign policy, including surprise decisions to withdraw all troops from Syria and start planning a drawdown in Afghanistan. Last week, he stated that "it would be reckless if we were just to say, 'Well, the physical caliphate is defeated, so we can just leave now.'"I think anyone who's looked at a conflict like this would agree with that," he added". Mulvaney said the president "is entitled to have a secretary of defense who is committed to that same end".
Shanahan, 56, became deputy secretary of defense in July 2017. "I don't know if it was specifically Syria", the official said.
"The past two years have also shown us that the Trump administration can change gears quickly", said Kristi Govella, a professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
"He and the president had differences on some issues". "The recent decision by the president came as a shock and was a complete reversal of policy that was articulated to us", McGurk wrote.
Trump said on Twitter that he had spoken with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey about "our mutual involvement in Syria, & the slow and highly coordinated withdrawal of United States troops from the area".
The retired four-star Marine Corps general has spent the last 23 months of his tenure trying to thread the needle between implementing Trump's policy objectives and maintaining long-standing American principles.
The happy couple got engaged over the holidays and Mira received a seven-carat VVS diamond in a " Ben Baller Setting", E! reports. Actor Terrence Howard is set to remarry the mother of his two youngest children - three years after they secretly divorced.
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Yahoo's Pete Thamel says three Tide players did not make the trip to Florida for the game due to a violation of team rules. But the last two were the most impressive, as he ran straight into Red Raiders defensive back Douglas Coleman III.
Cannabis is legal for recreational use under many US jurisdictions, and was recently made available on prescription via the U.K. In some nations such as Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia, drug offenses carry the death penalty, according to Reuters .
Security forces used excessive force attacking the peaceful protestors with tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition. Mr Ak Bashir, in his mid-70s, seized power in a 1989 military coup that overthrew an elected but ineffective government.
Trump had planned to spend Christmas at his private club in Florida, but stayed behind in Washington due to the shutdown. Islamic State, which once controlled swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria, has been driven mostly into hiding.
Lovebirds Nick and Priyanka spent their first Christmas as a married couple with the Jealous hitmaker's extended family. Now post all the celebrations, a few more pictures from their dreamy Jodhpur wedding have come to the forefront.
With the month almost over, just three days had temperatures below normal and even then the overnight low did not drop below zero. Saturday will be sunny and chilly with single-digit morning temperatures and afternoon highs in the 20s and low 30s.
The wedding may have surprised numerous couple's fans but the source reveals Cyrus had been thinking of saying "I do" for a while. If you're like us, who want to get your hands on the gown, we have some good news for you.
The device has been now launched exclusively in China for the time being with global launch scheduled for January 22 at Paris. The V20 sports a fancy glass back with a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, and comes in color options of Red, Blue, and Black.
US President Donald Trump greets members of the US military during a stop at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, December 27, 2018 . Iraq trips by United States presidents and other high-level Western officials to Iraq are usually shrouded in mystery.
U.S. wont be worlds policeman, Trump says during Iraq visit
At this point in their presidencies, President Barack Obama had visited troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and President George W. Trump has argued that the United States now no longer needs to be present in Syria as the ISIS terror group has been defeated.
Art historian Sister Wendy Beckett dies
She stood in front of the paintings dressed in a black nun's habit and discussed the paintings without a script or teleprompter. At the age of 16 she joined the Sisters of Notre Dame, a congregation of religious sisters dedicated to education.
Stock futures take a breather after 1,000 point Dow rally
The offshore yuan extended gains from earlier this week on the latest news on trade negotiations being scheduled for next month. Each member of the FAANG cohort rallied at least 6.4 percent, while energy producers surged as crude powered past $46 a barrel.
Trump makes surprise visit to US troops in Iraq
Trump has also faced negative headlines for wanting to pull troops from Afghanistan where they have been since 2001. Media captionWas Trump right to say IS is beaten? Trump has had an uneven relationship with America's military.
Don’t Switch To Google Pixel 3 Yet: Here’s Why
It could be something important - or it could be a spam call, like someone or something offering you a "free trip to Spain". Hi! Pixel 3 introduces a new pattern that will represent navigation on all Android phones going forward.
US Treasury chief to confer with top market regulators
Trump's Monday morning tweet heightened fears about the economy being destabilized by a president who wants control over the Fed. Trump's economic advisers worked over the weekend to reassure the markets this wasn't the case, Appelbaum said.
Heat snap Rockets’ five-game win streak after Paul injured
He went directly to the Houston locker room, never returned and was dressed and gone before the room opened after the game. The Houston Rockets' 5-game winning streak comes to an end as they fall vs. the Miami Heat by a score of 101-99.