01:14 GMT18 January 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – US President Donald Trump said Sunday that US Deputy Secretary of Defence Patrick Shanahan will become acting Secretary of Defence starting from 1 January 2019.

    "I am pleased to announce that our very talented Deputy Secretary of Defence, Patrick Shanahan, will assume the title of Acting Secretary of Defense starting January 1, 2019. Patrick has a long list of accomplishments while serving as Deputy, & previously Boeing. He will be great!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

    READ MORE: SDF: Daesh Ramps Up Attacks on Kurds After US Report of Troop Pullout From Syria

    The US president also noted he had had a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the crucial issues, concerning the military withdrawal from Syria.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (File)
    The statement comes after earlier this month General James Mattis wrote a resignation letter, stating that Trump has a right to have a Secretary of Defence "whose views are better aligned" with those of the US president.

    The move followed Trump’s decision to pull out all 2,000 troops from Syria starting immediately after he declared victory over the Daesh* terror group.

    * Daesh (ISIL/ISIS/IS/Islamic State) is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia


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