Posts tagged as U.S. Defense Secretary

Mattis, GOP hawks warn Trump against defense cuts at White House meeting

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and two top Republican lawmakers met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday to argue against a $33 billion budget cut he’s considering for the military. Their strategy was to link budget problems to Trump’s sometime-foil, President Barack Obama. Mattis, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry held the meeting to discuss the administration’s…

Mattis says US will keep current troop levels in South Korea

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Carrying a clear message of reassurance to South Korea, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stated flatly Thursday that the U.S. will maintain its current number of troops on the Korean Peninsula, even as nuclear negotiations continue with North Korea. Speaking alongside South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo, Mattis read a lengthy statement reinforcing America’s “ironclad” commitment to Seoul, adding that “the U.S. will continue to use the full range of…