President Donald Trump and Secretary of Defence James Mattis at a reception in October. Photo: Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford

Trump forces James Mattis out two months early, names Patrick Shanahan acting defence secretary

  • Former Boeing executive, who was Mattis’ deputy at the Pentagon, will begin role on January 1
  • Mattis resigned in protest last week after Trump announced the withdrawal of US troops from Syria
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President Donald Trump and Secretary of Defence James Mattis at a reception in October. Photo: Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford
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