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James Mattis: 'I had no choice but to leave' the Trump administration

Aug 29, 2019 - CNN

Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis in an interview released Thursday defended his resignation from the Trump administration last year as well as his decision not to outwardly criticize the sitting president, even in his new book.

"I had no choice but to leave," he told The Atlantic in the interview. "That's why (my resignation) letter is in the book. I want people to understand why I couldn't stay."

Mattis resigned as President Donald Trump's first defense secretary in late Dec...