Tuesday, 21 May 2019 | 03:41 WIB

Trump names Patrick Shanahan as acting Defense Secretary

US President Donald Trump

WASHINGTON, NNC - US President Donald Trump on Sunday, Dec 23, named Deputy Secretary Patrick Shanahan as acting Defense Secretary starting January 1 2019.

Trump said in a tweet: "Patrick has a long list of accomplishments while serving as Deputy, & previously Boeing. He will be great!" The statement was made after Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned, who said his views were not in line with president Trump's policies, according to Anadolu News Agency citing Antara on Monday morning, Dec 24.

Mattis offered to stay in the job until February, but several reports say Trump has considered dismissing Mattis earlier.

Trump said Wednesday, Dec 19, that the US would withdraw 2,000 of its troops from Syria, after a telephone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The two leaders had agreed to "ensure coordination between their countries' military, diplomatic and other officials to avoid a power vacuum which could result following any abuse of the withdrawal and transition phase in Syria".

Some reports have said US forces will exit the country within the next 60 to 100 days.

The withdrawal was done on the night of possible Turkish military operation in the northeastern part of Syria against YPG / PKK guerrilla group.

Since 2016, Ankara has launched two similar military operations in North Syria.

US president's Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat Da'esh Brett McGurck stepped down on Saturday and will be effective on 31 December.