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Trump denies media report he is considering Webb for Pentagon chief

01 January, 2019 9:03 am 9:03 am

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump said a New York Times report that he was considering former Democratic Senator Jim Webb to be his next defence secretary was “fake news.” The Times, citing an unnamed official, said on Thursday that Vice President Mike Pence and acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney had … Read More

US defence chief Mattis quits after clashing with Trump on policies

12 December, 2018 10:20 am 10:20 am

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis abruptly said he was quitting on Thursday after falling out with President Donald Trump over his foreign policies, including surprise decisions to yank troops from Syria and start planning a drawdown in Afghanistan. Mattis announced plans to depart in a candid resignation letter to Trump that laid … Read More

US calls for Yemen ceasefire, urges for peace talks

10 October, 2018 10:47 am 10:47 am

WASHINGTON (92 News) – The United States (US) demanded for a ceasefire in Yemen and urged the parties for peace talks within next 30 days. Addressing at the US Institute of Peace in Washington, US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis said that the US had been watching the conflict for long enough, saying that Saudi … Read More

Mattis says too soon to say if Afghan attack will affect ballot

10 October, 2018 9:25 am 9:25 am

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – It is too soon to say if a major attack in Afghanistan that killed a top security commander will hurt voter turnout in Saturday’s elections, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, but added that the US military’s mission was unaltered. Thursday’s attack underlined how precarious the situation remains in Afghanistan after more … Read More

Mattis to seek more resilient US ties with China’s military

10 October, 2018 8:30 am 8:30 am

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis will seek more resilient military ties during talks with his Chinese counterpart in Singapore slated for Thursday, a US official said, as both militaries attempt to navigate mounting tensions. Mattis saw first hand last month how growing Sino-U.S. friction could undermine military contacts when Beijing up-ended plans … Read More

Mattis reassures Japan over North Korea talks, cites abductees

06 June, 2018 8:52 am 8:52 am

TOKYO (Reuters) – US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis offered solidarity with Japan on Friday over Japanese abductees being held in North Korea, as he sought to reassure the close US ally that Washington was mindful of its interests during talks with Pyongyang. Japan’s Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and US Secretary of Defense James Mattis review … Read More