Trump says Mattis is leaving 2 months sooner than expected

President Trump speaks as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan look on during a cabinet meeting.
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Defense Secretary James Mattis will leave his role two months sooner than expected, President Trump announced Sunday morning in a tweet naming Mattis' temporary successor:

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Trump's initial announcement that Defense Secretary James Mattis would step down from his post put his departure date "at the end of February," as did Mattis' resignation letter. CBS News reports this earlier departure date comes on Trump's orders.

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