Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is not the only top administration official resigning because of President Donald Trump’s decision with withdrawal U.S. troops from Syria.
Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS Brett McGurk submitted his resignation, The New York Times reported Saturday.
The newspaper described him as “a seasoned diplomat considered by many to be the glue holding together the sprawling, American-led coalition” fighting the Islamic State.
“The recent decision by the president came as a shock and was a complete reversal of policy that was articulated to us,” McGurk told his colleagues in an email. “It left our coalition partners confused and our fighting partners bewildered.”
“I worked this week to help manage some of the fallout but — as many of you heard in my meetings and phone calls — I ultimately concluded that I could not carry out these new instructions and maintain my integrity,” he added.