Defense Secretary James Mattis signs order to withdraw troops from Syria: CNN
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis (Dept. of Defense Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro)

Defense Sec. General James Mattis reportedly signed President Donald Trump's order to remove troops from Syria after the president's Twitter demand.


According to CNN, a defense official has confirmed to Pentagon reporter Barbara Starr that the official order to withdraw from Syria has been signed and the outgoing secretary was the one who did it.

Mattis resigned this week saying that he could not in good conscious continue serving under a Commander-in-Chief whom he believed was making misguided decisions on Syria.

“Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position,” Mattis said in the two-page letter.

It's unknown what the details are at this time, CNN said, but the drawdown is expected to commence in the coming weeks.