Washington, DC - House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement about the resignation of Defense Secretary Mattis:

“Secretary Mattis’s resignation is a cause for serious concern. President Trump has been vocal about his desire to take steps regarding defense policy that are not in the best interests of the United States, its allies, and partners. In his resignation letter, Secretary Mattis signaled that he is departing due to differences regarding exactly those issues. I strongly urge President Trump to nominate a replacement who will respect the valuable role that international partners play in U.S. national security and who will stand up appropriately for American values and interests.”