The head of the Pentagon warned Trump about the Russian threat

Pentagon chief James Mattis, in his letter of resignation, warned American leader Donald Trump about the growing Russian and Chinese threats. The full text of the letter was published by The Guardian. 

“Similarly, I believe we must be resolute and unambiguous in our approach to those countries whose strategic interests are increasingly in tension with ours. It is clear that China and Russia, for example, want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model gaining veto authority over other nations’ economic, diplomatic, and security decisions to promote their own interests at the expense of their neighbors, America and our allies. That is why we must use all the tools of American power to provide for the common defense,” he wrote. 

Mattis also stressed the need to respect allies and “also being clear-eyed about both malign actors [of international relations] and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion in these issues”. 

Earlier on December 21 it became known that Mattis decided to resign. He will leave the post on February 28, 2019. In a letter to Trump, he assured that he would carefully prepare the transfer of powers to his successor, who is still unknown. 

Relations between the United States and its allies in Europe became more strained with Trump’s coming to power in 2017. In early July 2018, the US President scared the UK, saying that if London did not increase military spending, then France could become the main partner of Washington in the North Atlantic alliance. 
Prior to this, during a meeting of the leaders of the G-7 countries in Canada, Trump several times called European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker “a cruel killer”, and told French President Emmanuel Macron that “all the terrorists are in Paris.”

Tom Tompson

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