Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Pentagon Chief of Staff Kevin Sweeney Steps Down

Pentagon Chief of Staff Kevin Sweeney Steps Down

Pentagon Chief of Staff Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney has announced that he will resign from the role in favour of returning to the private sector.

Kevin Sweeney retired as a Rear Admiral from the US Navy in 2014.

Mattis' resignation was declared less than 24 hours after Trump his intentions to withdraw all USA troops from Syria, under the belief the Islamic State had been defeated.

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

While General Mattis had planned on remaining in the position until February 28 to allow for a "smooth transition", Mr Trump pushed for his early departure.

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Sweeney served as chief of staff to former Defence Secretary James Mattis, who resigned from his post at the end of 2018.

In his resignation letter to Mr Trump, General Mattis said the President deserved a defence secretary "whose views are better aligned" with his own. "Patrick Shanahan, who is Acting Secretary of Defense, is doing a great job!" he said.

Mattis stepped down last month after Trump made a decision to withdraw troops from Syria, writing in a searing resignation letter that Trump should find a replacement whose "views are better aligned with yours" on issues like respecting allies and recognising enemies.

Trump's time in office has been plagued by a litany of high-profile resignations and firings within his administration, signifying a turbulent two years behind the White House doors.

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