James Mattis

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James Mattis
James Mattis official portrait.jpg
26th United States Secretary of Defense
From: January 20, 2017 – December 31, 2018
President Donald John Trump
Predecessor Ashton Carter
Successor Pat Shanahan
Party Independent

James Norman Mattis (September 8, 1950) is the 26th United States Secretary of Defense and retired United States Marine Corps general, he was also responsible as commander for the USCC and the UCC for military operations in the Middle East, Northeast Africa, and Central Asia.

In 2016 he was nominated by then president-elect Donald Trump to become the new Defense Secretary, on January 20, 2017, he was sworn in. President Trump replaced him as Defense Secretary as of January 1, 2019.

Secretary Mattis also put his effort into increasing and maintaining military effectiveness and fiscal responsibility.[1] He took a more visible role in the Trump Administration in 2018 compared to the previous year,[2] and he helped advance the Trump agenda on several fronts.[3]

However, as a globalist, Mattis disagreed with President Trump several times.[4] In December 2018, he announced he would resign in February of the following year, and Trump then replaced him earlier, as of January 1, 2019.[5] At a cabinet meeting shortly after Mattis's firing, President Trump stated that Mattis did little to help him.[6]


  1. Wong, Kristina (December 31, 2017). Why Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Doesn’t Carry Challenge Coins: ‘I’m Saving Money for Bombs’. Breitbart News. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  2. Wong, Kristina (March 28, 2018). Defense Secretary Jim Mattis — President Trump’s New Battle Buddy? Breitbart News. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  3. Wong, Kristina (August 30, 2018). Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Works Non-Stop–This Is What He’s Achieved So Far. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  4. Mitchell, Ellen (September 16, 2018). Five times Mattis split with Trump. The Hill. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  5. Byas, Steve (December 21, 2018). Mattis Was Just Another Interventionist and Globalist. The New American. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  6. Multiple references: