On Sunday praised the acting minister of defence, Patrick Shanahan the efforts that the departing Sweeney was responsible for as chief of staff. In a dubbeltweet wrote to the minister, inter alia, that ”I appreciate very much Kevin Sweeneys efforts of our nation”, followed by ”we will miss him here in the Pentagon”.https://twitter.com/DepSecDef/status/1081930054932877312
Konteramiralen Sweeney left the 2014 military and retired. Two years ago, he was offered the job as the Pentagon's chief of staff. Sweeney accepted, and was then secretary of defense James Mattis as the head.
in december last year that he intended to leave the Pentagon on February 28, 2019.
the President had the day before declared that he, with immediate effect, wanted to take home the U.S.'s Syria-based troops, something that Mattis vigorously opposed. In a letter to Trump explained Mattis that the president should appoint a person to the minister of defence who better shared Trump's views on issues like Syria and others.
Shortly later decided president Trump to Mattis must leave his post on 1 January 2019, instead of the last day of February.
In december, Pentagon spokesperson Dana White that she's leaving his post. In a farvälbudskap to the staff at the department information management department wrote to White that she was with ”a heavy heart” submitted his resignation to James Mattis, and that she feels gratitude to have been given to serve at his side.
with transparency in the case, Sweeney says news-tv-channel CNN that the White house should have forced Sweeney. The source has not wanted to develop his view of the stated reason.
Democrat Adam Schiff, a member of the house of representatives and chairman of its committees on intelligence, said in a comment for the CNN program ”State of the Union” if the Sweeneys leaving:
" Anyone with authority enough to tell the president what he needs to hear, not what he wants to hear, has been pushed to the side.
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