After more than 40 years of service to the US government, James Mattis has resigned, citing policy disagreements with US President Donald Trump.
US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has told the "wealthy country" it can afford to pay more for the stationing of US troops. Washington's 28,500-strong military presence costs Seoul under $1 billion a year.
Jim Mattis has announced his resignation citing policy differences with his president. He was seen as a stabilizing force for international order in the chaotic, go-it-alone administration.
While the resignation of James Mattis was widely lamented in Washington, hopes for some kind of internal resistance against Donald Trump are misplaced. Instead, concerns about an impulsive commander-in-chief are growing.
Defense Secretary James Mattis' resignation, one day after Donald Trump's stunning move to pull all US troops from Syria, is consequential. But his exit is alarming and could make US foreign policy even more erratic.
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