James Mattis’ Brother Speaks Out About His Resignation
Jim Mattis has ‘no anger’ after Trump forced him out early, Mattis’ brother has revealed. The former defense secretary “was very calm … very matter of fact” in a conversation with his brother, Tom Mattis, who resides in their hometown of Richland, Washington.
Tom Mattis received a phone call Sunday morning after his younger brother, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, had just been informed that President Donald Trump wanted him to leave his post on January 1, two months earlier than Mattis’ planned resignation on February 28.
“He was very calm about the whole thing,” Tom Mattis said in an interview with The Seattle Times. “As I have said many times in other circumstances, Jim knows who he is … many more Americans (now) know his character.”
Tom Mattis also says he stands by his brother’s decision to resign.
“No one should assume that his service to his country will end. And the manner of his departure is yet another service to the nation. It is the very definition of patriotism and integrity,” he said.
When Trump decided to pull U.S. troops out of Syria, he reportedly ignored the advice of his closest advisers, including Mattis, who had warned the president that ISIS still was still active in the region and that a U.S. withdrawal would ignite chaos.
Tom Mattis said he is unsure what will happen next with his brother but he is certain that his younger brother is not yet ready for a quiet retirement. Tom Mattis is also not sure if Jim Mattis will return to Richland, which is where they grew up and where their mother, Lucille Mattis, 96, still lives.
Jim Mattis served for 44 years in the Marine Corps before retiring as a general in 2013. He then became a visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution before serving as defense secretary under Trump.