President Donald Trump announced Defense Secretary James Mattis will retire at the end of February.
Asked at the Reagan National Defense Forum earlier in December if he had any plans to leave office, the secretary instead spoke about his love for U.S. troops and revealed once again a deep-seated duty to serve the country.
“When the President of the United States asks you to do something in America, you just do it. To quote Nike, ‘Just Do It,'” Mattis told an audience at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
Reports have circulated for months that Mattis could be the next official to leave office, especially as he has been seen as curbing the president’s more impulsive military and personnel choices.
We will have more information on General Mattis’s retirement as it develops.