Trump says unlike Mattis he sees countries taking 'total advantage' of US as a problem

President TrumpDonald TrumpWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal MORE on Monday criticized outgoing Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisBiden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet Rejoining the Iran nuclear deal would save lives of US troops, diplomats The soft but unmatched power of US foreign exchange programs MORE, claiming he doesn't see countries that "take total advantage of the U.S." as "a problem."

But "I DO, and it is being fixed," Trump wrote in a tweet.


Trump wrote in a series of tweets that he appreciates U.S. alliances but claimed that "many of these same countries take advantage of their friendship with the United States" and that the U.S. subsidizes the militaries of those countries.

"To those few Senators who think I don’t like or appreciate being allied with other countries, they are wrong, I DO. What I don’t like, however, is when many of these same countries take advantage of their friendship with the United States, both in Military Protection and Trade," Trump wrote in a tweet.

"We are substantially subsidizing the Militaries of many VERY rich countries all over the world, while at the same time these countries take total advantage of the U.S., and our TAXPAYERS, on Trade. General Mattis did not see this as a problem. I DO, and it is being fixed!" he continued. 

Mattis last week resigned from his position as Defense secretary, prompted by Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. 

Mattis wrote in his resignation letter that the strength of the U.S. is "inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances." He added that the U.S. "cannot protect our interests" without "maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to those allies."

Mattis was scheduled to leave his position in February, but Trump announced Sunday that Mattis would instead leave on Jan. 1.

A senior administration official confirmed to The Hill on Sunday that Trump's anger over Mattis's resignation letter pushed the president to force him out early.