March 13, 2018

Mattis losing a close ally in Tillerson but also a weak partner

Source: Politico

Journalists: Jacqueline Klimas, Wesley Morgan

The loss of one of his closest allies may give Defense Secretary Jim Mattis a strengthened relationship with President Donald Trump.

Departing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been a frequent, like-minded confidant to the retired Marine general, who consulted with him several times a day as the two navigated the tumultuous Trump administration. But current and former government officials say the relationship did little good for Mattis, given the clear disdain that Trump and his inner circle have for Tillerson.

In Tillerson's place, Trump has chosen CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who's already developed a reputation as a powerful force.

Read the full article in Politico.


  • Ilan Goldenberg

    Former Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Ilan Goldenberg is the former Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is a foreign policy and defense expe...