Congresswoman Cheney Statement on Secretary Mattis

“James Mattis is a patriot, and one of the finest American warriors of our time. His resignation is a loss to the nation. I am grateful for his decades of military service and for the work he did at the Defense Department to rebuild our military and keep us safe. 

American security, peace and freedom have been protected for over 70 years because the finest military the world has ever known has defended us and protected the freedom and security of our allies, as well. We cannot abandon that role without significant threat to our future security. James Mattis whole-heartedly believed in that principle, and as the President selects a new Defense Secretary, it is of the utmost importance that he chooses someone who has this vision as a part of their core philosophy as well.”