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Defense Secretary James Mattis to step down in February

President Trump announced Thursday that Defense Secretary James Mattis will step down at the end of February. Mattis' retirement follows rumored tensions with the president, and the administration's controversial announcement of plans to withdraw troops from Syria, The New York Times reports.

In his resignation letter to the president, Mattis wrote that Trump has "a right to have a secretary of defense whose views are better aligned with yours."