Dem lawmaker on Trump forcing Mattis out early: ‘PETTY, WEAK, JUVENILE’

Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuLawmakers urge DNC to name Asian American debate moderator Cities are the future: We need to coordinate their international diplomacy George Conway opposes #unfollowTrump movement MORE (D-Calif.) blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE for forcing Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOnly Donald Trump has a policy for Afghanistan New Pentagon report blames Trump troop withdrawal for ISIS surge in Iraq and Syria Mattis returns to board of General Dynamics MORE out two months earlier than his planned departure.

“How to describe this?” Lieu, a frequent Trump critic, tweeted on Sunday. “PETTY, WEAK, JUVENILE.”

Lieu’s tweet came moments after Trump tweeted that his choice for acting Defense secretary would take over on Jan. 1. 

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Trump is tapping Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan to replace Mattis as acting Pentagon chief.

“I am pleased to announce that our very talented Deputy Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, will assume the title of Acting Secretary of Defense starting January 1, 2019,” Trump tweeted. “Patrick has a long list of accomplishments while serving as Deputy, & previously Boeing. He will be great!”

Mattis submitted his resignation last week, saying that he would step down at the end of February.

In a resignation letter that served as a rebuke of Trump’s foreign policy, Mattis told Trump that he deserved a secretary "whose views are better aligned with yours."

The resignation came after Trump announced his plan to withdraw troops from Syria, which has drawn opposition from Pentagon officials and lawmakers.

Though Trump originally praised Mattis in a tweet after he announced his departure, the president later took a swipe at the Defense secretary before moving to accelerate his departure.