James Mattis warns of America occupying an 'increasingly lonely position' in the world in new essay

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Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis is speaking out in a new essay after leaving the Trump administration late last year in what President Trump described as "essentially" a firing.

Mattis, who announced his resignation in December 2018 after disagreeing with Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria, published the new essay, an excerpt of his forthcoming book, in The Wall Street Journal. In it, he reflects on the sense of duty he felt when being selected for the administration position, discusses his decision to resign, and offers a few warnings that read as criticisms of Trump.

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