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James Mattis: Pentagon in 'best possible hands' as he departs after Donald Trump clash

Jan 01, 2019 - The Washington Times

U.S. military forces and the Defense Department's rank and file are "in the best possible hands" as Defense Secretary James Mattis prepares to hand over control of the Pentagon in the new year, the outgoing defense chief said in a farewell message on Monday.

The former four-star Marine Corps general will formally step down as defense secretary on Jan. 1, after submitting his resignation to the Trump White House late last month. Mr. Mattis had intended to stay on until February after resign...