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Eli Lake

Mattis Puts Trump’s Presidency in Peril

This resignation stings because it’s not about policy, it’s about values.

Those were the days.

Those were the days.

Photographer: Drew Angerer/Getty Images North America

Donald Trump may not know it yet, but his presidency is collapsing.

His tweets Thursday announcing the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis by the end of February were polite and respectful. And it would be easy to attribute this resignation to a difference in policy: Trump ignored Mattis and went forward with a hasty and ill-considered withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria. It looks like Trump is about to do the same thing in Afghanistan.