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Mattis’s Exit Takes Leash Off Trump’s ‘America First’ Doctrine

  • Defense chief’s resignation heightens sense of tumult in D.C.
  • McConnell voices deep concern over U.S. global commitments
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Bloomberg’s Vince Cignarella and Peggy Collins discuss the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.Daybreak: Americas." (Source: Bloomberg)
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For two years, the world counted on leaders like Jim Mattis to hold firm against President Donald Trump’s “America First” doctrine. Now that last line of defense is gone.

Mattis’s abrupt resignation as defense secretary and Trump’s rapid-fire moves to reshape the U.S. military footprint abroad are provoking fears that there’s no one left to restrain the president’s most combative and isolationist impulses.