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Jim Mattis says he won’t be running for president in 2020 and that he’s eager to see ‘fresh ideas’

"There's not a hesitation," Jim Mattis said. "I'm just trying to think how to say 'no' even stronger."
Defense Secretary nominee, retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis speaks during his Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, on January 12, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Mattis says the most dangerous country in the world is Pakistan

The nuclear-armed country, subject to instability and historically a training ground for extremists, is at the top of Mattis' list.
James Mattis, U.S. Secretary of Defense, speaks with troops from the 56th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, 62nd Medical Brigade at Base Camp Donna in Donna, Texas, U.S., November 14, 2018.

Mattis says China’s crackdown on Hong Kong protesters is a sign of China’s dangerous ambitions

Mattis wouldn't talk about Trump, but he did fire off about China's aggressive actions — and how they should concern Americans.
Crew chiefs with the 421st Aircraft Maintenance Unit work on an F35A Lightning II returning to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, after a two-month European deployment, July 31, 2019.

The F-35’s abysmal readiness rate raises questions about future of the Pentagon’s most expensive weapons system

A government watchdog found that the F-35 Lightning II test squadron had single-digit full mission capable rates, calling its future into question.

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.