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Book: Trump ordered Mattis to 'screw Amazon' on Pentagon contract

A new biography of former Defense Secretary James Mattis reports President Donald Trump personally got involved in who would win a major $10 billion contract to provide cloud computing services to the Pentagon, according to the website Task & Purpose, which writes about military issues,

Mattis laughs off Trump criticism

Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Thursday laughed off the news that President Donald Trump had called him "the world's most overrated general," joking that he's not just an overrated general, but the greatest overrated general.

DOD approves book from ex-Mattis speechwriter

The Defense Department cleared an insider account of the Trump Pentagon from Secretary James Mattis' former speechwriter on Wednesday, averting a courtroom battle over accusations that the Defense Department had held up the book's release to benefit the former secretary.

Mattis may speak candidly about Trump before 2020 election

Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis defended his reluctance to openly criticize the Trump administration Tuesday but also did not rule out speaking candidly before the 2020 election, telling CNN's Christiane Amanpour that "there will come a time when it is right" for him to do so.

Trump decision pushed James Mattis to his breaking point

In his first television interview about his resignation, former Secretary of Defense James Mattis explained that he reached his breaking point with the Trump administration after the President decided to withdraw US troops from war-torn Syria.

Ex-Mattis aide sues Pentagon over delayed memoir

A top aide to former Defense Secretary James Mattis sued the Pentagon this week, claiming the Defense Department deliberately delayed the publication of a book detailing his time in the Trump administration so that Mattis' own memoir can be released first.

Mattis on leaving Trump administration: 'I had no choice'

Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis in an interview released Thursday defended his resignation from the Trump administration last year as well as his decision not to outwardly criticize the sitting president, even in his new book.

Inside effort to turn Trump against Amazon's bid for a $10B contract

Tech giant Oracle's push to scuttle a bid by its rival Amazon to win a highly sought-after defense contract has reached President Donald Trump's desk -- a possible attempt to appeal to the President's well-known animosity toward the online retail giant and its founder, Jeff Bezos.

Trump's pick for acting Pentagon chief soothes GOP concerns

Republicans expressed relief on Tuesday when President Donald Trump announced Mark Esper, who currently serves as Secretary of the Army, would be the new acting Secretary of Defense after the dramatic implosion of Patrick Shanahan's nomination.

Trump faces Iran test of his own making

President Donald Trump stared down a united front as he huddled with his top national security advisers in July 2017 to decide whether to certify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal.

Mattis gets standing ovation at elite DC dinner

Former Defense Secretary James Mattis received a standing ovation Saturday at the annual black-tie Alfalfa Club dinner after delivering a speech in which he honored the troops and talked about the importance of the US' standing abroad, according to a source with knowledge of the event.

Trump says he 'essentially' fired Mattis

President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday he "essentially" fired his former Pentagon chief James Mattis, despite a resignation letter in which Mattis wrote he was departing because he didn't share Trump's worldview.

Chief Pentagon spokeswoman announces departure

Chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White is leaving her post, a move that coincides with Secretary of Defense James Mattis stepping down but also comes amid an internal Defense Department investigation into her conduct.

James Mattis addresses DoD in farewell message

Secretary of Defense James Mattis and the State Department's anti-ISIS envoy, Brett McGurk, bid farewell to their respective departments Monday after parting ways with President Donald Trump's administration over his plans to reduce the American presence in Syria.Mattis told Pentagon employees to "keep the faith in our country" and McGurk wished his former colleagues well "as they work under extremely difficult circumstances to protect the interests of our great country.

Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal hits Trump as immoral, dishonest

Retired four-star Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal on Sunday criticized President Donald Trump for his approach to the presidency in a wide-ranging interview that saw the former top commander of the US and international forces in Afghanistan label Trump as dishonest and immoral.

Trump announces Mattis is leaving in February

Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned Thursday on the heels of President Donald Trump's plans to withdraw troops from Syria, citing irreconcilable policy differences in a move that took Washington by surprise.

McConnell 'distressed' over Mattis' resignation

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who often avoids publicly criticizing President Donald Trump, issued a pointed statement Thursday night in response to the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis, calling on the US to promote a worldview more in line with the departing defense secretary's than the President's.