Trump-Matiss confrontation rising: American paper
Tehran, The US Secretary of Defense disagrees with the US President over Washington's withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal and is at odds with him on the effect of the move, a US media wrote.
The New York Times in an article on Saturday wrote about the ongoing dispute between Donald Trump and James Mattis, saying, 'Over the last four months alone, the president and the defense chief have found themselves at odds over NATO policy, whether to resume large-scale military exercises with South Korea and, privately, whether Mr. Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal has proved effective.'
Two months ago, the US President blew up the meeting between Mattis and the defense officials of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) which had been scheduled for months. The Pentagon chief and other officials had called on the representatives of other countries to finalize the deal before the arrival of US president in Brussels.
With regard to US-South Korea joint drills, President Trump turned a deaf ear to Mr. Mattis's advice and suspended the drills to advance talks with North Korea.
At a news conference last month, Mattis said major drills between the United States and South Korea might be resumed, but Trump twitted, 'There is no reason at this time to be spending large amounts of money on joint US-South Korea war games.'
US Secretary of Defense and the US President split over Iran nuclear deal as well.
Mr. Trump announced in May that Washington would pull out of the 2015 deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as JCPOA, and that sanctions against Iran would reinstate.
Mattis has told his colleagues that Iran has not changed its behavior since Trump withdrew from the agreement, suggesting that Iran is still committed to the international deal.
Former US president, Barack Obama had fired Mattis due to his tough stance on Iran, while his position under President Trump differs from that of White House National Security Advisor, John Bolton.
Rumor has it that Mattis would be fired, but the US President's decision to do so could prove costly ahead of the congressional elections.
According to the New York Times, 'The defense secretary has been careful to not criticize Mr. Trump outright. Pentagon officials said Mr. Mattis had bent over backward to appear loyal.'
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA