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Pentagon chief of staff Kevin Sweeney resigns

07 January 2019

Department of Defense chief of staff Kevin Sweeney has become the third senior Pentagon official to resign from his post since President Trump announced his intentions to withdraw USA troops from Syria.

He is the third senior Pentagon official to step down since President Donald Trump announced that United States forces would be withdrawn from Syria.

Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney, who has served as chief of staff to the Secretary of Defence since January 2017, said he would leave the department and move to the private sector.

Mr Trump said on Friday a New York Times report that he was considering former Democratic Senator Jim Webb to be his next defense secretary was "fake news".

During Sweeney's time in the private sector, he was Vice President of Track Patch 1 Corporation and served on various boards.

In his resignation letter to Mr Trump, General Mattis said the President deserved a defence secretary "whose views are better aligned" with his own.

"We must do everything possible to advance an global order that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this effort by the solidarity of our alliances". "Patrick Shanahan, who is Acting Secretary of Defense, is doing a great job!" he said. At the end of December, then Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White announced on Twitter that she would be leaving her post, too.

CNN earlier reported that Sweeney was forced out by the Trump White House.

Pentagon chief of staff Kevin Sweeney resigns