Whitehouse Statement on Resignation of Defense Secretary Mattis

Washington, DC – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) issued the following statement on the announcement of the resignation of Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis:

“As Trump drives away the grownups in the room, there is cause for genuine concern.  I thank and honor Secretary Mattis for a lifetime of service.  We should mark his closing words about respect for allies, clear-eyed awareness about adversaries and competitors, and the value of an international order that supports our security, prosperity and values.”