Pelosi: I am shaken by resignation of Mattis

House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump says he opposes mail-in voting for November On The Money: Economy sheds 701K jobs in March | Why unemployment checks could take weeks | Confusion surrounds 9B in small-business loans The bipartisan neutering of the Congressional Budget Office MORE (Calif.) told reporters Thursday evening that she was “shaken” by the news of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’s imminent resignation.

“I’m shaken by the news because of the patriot that Secretary Mattis is. I think everybody in the country should read his letter of resignation,” she told reporters at a press conference scheduled to discuss a looming government shutdown. 

"I am shaken by the resignation of General Mattis. For what it means to our country, for the message it sends to our troops, and for the indication of what his view is of the commander-in-chief."

She called Mattis “a comfort to many of us as a voice of stability in the Trump administration.”

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Pelosi said Mattis stood as a safeguard against what Democrats see as Trump’s impulsive leadership style. 

Mattis informed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves MORE in a letter dated Thursday that he would resign so the president could appoint a successor “whose views are better aligned.”

Mattis wrote that he believed allies should be treated “with respect” and the nation must be “resolute and unambiguous” with countries opposed to U.S. strategic interests, such as Russia and China. 

“Just look at this week, the president taking troops out of Syria without really full consultation with the national security leaders of his own administration,” Pelosi said. “His reversing his position about signing a bill” to fund the government.

“There’s something that’s very wrong with the picture,” Pelosi added. 

She noted that congressional leaders were briefed recently by Mattis and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe new war for soft power hegemony Organizing evacuations during a shutdown The Saudi-Russia oil fight is the last thing the economy needs in a pandemic MORE.

“Our troops look to Secretary Mattis as a leader and now he is going to be leaving them. This is very serious to our country,” she said.

Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats press Trump, GOP for funding for mail-in ballots Schumer doubles down in call for Trump to name coronavirus supply czar Trump lashes out at Schumer over call for supply czar MORE (N.Y.), who stood with Pelosi during the remarks, called Mattis “one of the few symbols, the few items of strength and stability in this administration.” 

“Everything that indicates stability, everything that indicates strength, everything that indicates knowledge is leaving this administration,” Schumer added, citing the imminent departures of Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelley.

He also pointed to the departure of former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster earlier this year.