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Stephen Miller: Trump is “entitled to a secretary of defense that has strong alignment with his views”

Stephen Miller: Trump is “entitled to a secretary of defense that has strong alignment with his views”

Presidential adviser Stephen Miller weighed in on the sudden departure of Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who cited irreconcilable policy differences in his resignation letter Thursday.
“He and the President had a great relationship,” Miller insisted.
“At the same time, as you know, President Trump believes that many immensely wealthy countries are taking advantage of the United States … while we protect these very wealthy countries,” he added. “The President has been very emphatic about the need to get a fair deal for the American taxpayer and to make sure that we’re only engaged in activities that are in our national interests.”
When Blitzer asked why the President tweeted that Mattis was retiring when the defense secretary released a letter of resignation, Miller replied, “James Mattis is retiring.”
“At the same time, as Mattis said in the letter, the President is entitled to a secretary of defense that has strong alignment with his views,” Miller said, later adding, “It’s also very normal at this point in the administration to have turnover.”
“This is an opportunity for the whole country to get a new Secretary of Defense who will be aligned with the President on these critical issues.” – White House adviser Stephen Miller on Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ decision to retire https://t.co/8z3FSwoxOi pic.twitter.com/tdRFppLZZO
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) December 20, 2018