House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse leaders unveil bill to boost chip industry, science competitiveness with China Pelosi says she will run for reelection in 2022 Hoyer says 'significant' version of Build Back Better will pass this year 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."
Rep. Pelosi: "Yes, I am shaken by the resignation of Gen. 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." https://t.co/KBpb1dGW5m pic.twitter.com/WMXGonl6aY— ABC News (@ABC) December 21, 2018
She called Mattis “a comfort to many of us as a voice of stability in the Trump administration.”
Pelosi said Mattis stood as a safeguard against what Democrats see as Trump’s impulsive leadership style.
Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi says she is "shaken" by the news that Defense Secretary Mattis has resigned, calls him a "patriotic American" and a "voice of stability" in the Trump administration https://t.co/lBxxp0vRdw pic.twitter.com/Pg3Cma1wiR— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 21, 2018
Mattis informed President TrumpDonald TrumpDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul 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 PompeoMike PompeoSunday shows preview: US reaffirms support for Ukraine amid threat of Russian invasion Pence to deliver keynote at fundraising banquet for South Carolina-based pregnancy center Russia suggests military deployments to Cuba, Venezuela an option 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 SchumerChuck SchumerVoting rights failed in the Senate — where do we go from here? Forced deadline spurs drastic tactic in Congress Democrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans 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.