US Chief of Staff Kevin Sweeney resigns

Kevin Sweeney, the chief of staff of the US Department of Defence, has announced his resignation from the post. Explaining his decision, Rear Admiral Sweeney said in a statement that “the time is right to return to the private sector”.

In a terse resignation letter, Sweeney said it had been “an honor to serve” alongside his colleagues in the department, but made no mention of Trump. The move comes a month after the Defence Secretary James Mattis announced his departure in December 2018.

Key Highlights:-

1. Defense Secretary Chief of Staff Kevin Sweeney served in this role since January 2017.
2. He is now the third senior Pentagon official to step down since President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of US troops from Syria.
3. His resignation closely follows that of US Secretary of Defense James Mattis who stood down in December after acknowledging policy differences with the US president.
4. General Mattis left his post early, after initially planning to stay in his role until February 2019.
5. Mattis, who worked with Sweeney when he led the US Central Command, picked Sweeney to be his chief of staff in early 2017.
6. Sweeney retired as a Rear Admiral from the US Navy in 2014.

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