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One of the last decisions for the acting Defense Secretary was to hang up Jim Mattis’ official portrait in the Pentagon

Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is shown wearing cufflinks emblazoned with the Marine Corps' eagle, globe, and anchor emblem.
The first F-35 to arrive to the 33rd Fighter Wing on display during the aircraft’s official rollout ceremony A at Eglin Air Force Base.

Jim Mattis shuts down allegations that Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan pulled strings for Boeing and called Lockheed Martin’s F-35 ‘f—...

"I didn't pay him to be a shrinking violet when it came to saving the Government money," former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said of Patrick Shanahan.

The Trump administration has been itching for a fight with Iran, but Mattis held it back. Now he’s gone.

Jim Mattis stopped the Trump administration from attacks on Iran. With him gone, the US may launch attacks on more countries.
Construction of a new fence takes place as U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen tours a replacement border fence construction site on April 18, 2018 in Calexico, California.

Mattis reportedly told Trump before he resigned that a national emergency was the most realistic option to get the wall and the Pentagon could help bu...

Declaring a national emergency has become an increasingly likely option for President Donald Trump as the government shutdown reaches its third week.
Retired US Army Gen. Jack Keane during a panel discussion at the SALT conference in Las Vegas, May 15, 2014.

A retired general has twice turned Trump down to be defense secretary — a sign Trump has a self-inflicted personnel problem

Jack Keane turned down another offer to be the Pentagon chief. His aversion to Trump may be widely felt among experienced officials.
The Pentagon building pictured in 2010.

Another top Pentagon official just resigned

Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney served as chief of staff to the Secretary of Defense since January 2017. He said he would return to the private sector.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump during a visit with US troops in Iraq, December 26, 2018.

Trump says ‘the generals’ asked for more time in Syria, but he said ‘Nope’ because ‘We’ve knocked them silly’...

Trump said the US cannot be "the policeman of the world" and called on other countries to help Syria rebuild.

Jim Mattis’ brother says he had ‘no anger’ about being forced out by Trump

Mattis had planned to leave at the end of February, but Trump reportedly grew angry at the response to his resignation and pushed him out sooner.
From left, Gen. John Kelly, Gen. James Mattis, Gen. Joseph Dunford, Gen. James Amos, Gen. John Allen, and Gen. John Paxton Jr. at the Home of the Commandants in Washington, DC, on April 19, 2013.

One striking image shows the Marine Corps generals who will have left the Trump administration, after the president praised their service

President Donald Trump boasted that his administration was staffed by notable service members.

Here’s what legendary Marine General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis is really like, from people who served with him

We spoke with a number of people who served with Mattis to understand what the former four-star general is really like when he's in charge.