Defense Secretary James Mattis dropped a major bombshell into an already frantic Washington, D.C., this week by officially resigning in protest from the Trump administration.
In his resignation letter, he drew clear distinctions between his and President Donald Trump’s value systems and views of foreign policy. He pointed out that he values cultivating beneficial alliances with our international allies and standing up to authoritarian governments that oppose American interests like Russia and China. Trump, Mattis said, has different values.
While the letter — which notably left out any praise for Trump — was widely praised by pundits, analysts, and reporters, Trump was not a fan of it.
“He hates that letter,” reporter CNN’s Jim Acosta, citing a source close to the White House.
He continued: “But he ‘hates the coverage even more,’ because he does not like this conventional wisdom, and we heard it all last night after the defense secretary’s letter was read publicly on the air, that essentially Jim Mattis — as well as other long-serving members of this administration, people who have been in Washington a long time, people like Chief of Staff John Kelly and so on — that they were sort of the ‘adults in the room’ along with Jim Mattis who were there to keep the president from going overboard. To be a check on his impulses.”
He continued: “And so the president, once again, irritated by this notion here in Washington that he is sometimes in need of adult daycare.”
Watch the clip below:
“I’m told by a source close to the White House, an adviser who advises the President occasionally, that he hates that letter,” @Acosta reports on Trump’s reaction to James Mattis’ resignation letter. https://t.co/oXilF0vV9h pic.twitter.com/ftxUGono9v
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) December 21, 2018
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The jury deliberated less than an hour before ruling in favor of Musk and clearing him of any liability in the high-profile case that pitted him against Vernon Unsworth.
Unsworth had sought $190 million in damages from the tech billionaire, arguing that his reputation had been damaged by the tweet.
Musk hugged his lawyer on hearing the verdict, telling reporters afterwards: "My faith in humanity has been restored."
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Australia braces for heatwave as more than 100 fires burn
Out of control bushfires forced residents in eastern Australia to flee their homes on Saturday, as other parts of the country braced for a heatwave due next week.
Bushfires are common in the country but scientists say this year's season has come earlier and with more intensity due to a prolonged drought and climatic conditions fuelled by global warming.
Scorching temperatures have tipped above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) close to where a fire was burning on the outskirts of Brisbane in Queensland state, with residents in three suburbs told to "leave immediately".