Mexico rescinded an offer of aid for American hurricane victims, saying it needed to pay for earthquake recovery. But its reversal also came after President Trump stayed quiet over the disaster.
Asked if he had considered resigning over policy differences with the president, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he was committed to serving as secretary of defense.
The deployment orders were the first tangible step the Pentagon has taken to carry out President Trump’s plan for more troops in Afghanistan.
On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that he was establishing a panel of experts to “provide advice and recommendations on the implementation of the president’s direction.”
A White House official would not discuss the possibility that the defense secretary could decline to remove transgender individuals.
The Pentagon chief stressed that the nonlethal weapons would only be supplied to defend Ukraine against Russian aggression.