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Former US defense secretary warns of Washington losing allies

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Former US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has implicitly criticized President Donald Trump’s policies, warning the United States is isolated and losing its allies.

“Having fought a lot in alliances, I think we need every ally we can bring to fight,” Matis wrote in an article in the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. “The more allies, the better.”

“Wise leadership needs cooperation, otherwise it will fail,” he said.

“Countries with allies are flourishing, and those without allies are collapsing. America is not able to protect its own people and economy alone.”

“A return to a strategy that fosters the interests of as many countries as we can have a common cause with would allow us to better address the issues of this imperfect world,” he said.

“Unlike in the past, when we were united and attracted allies, it now seems that our unity is disintegrating,” he warned. “What worries me the most … is not our external adversaries, but our tendency to internal division.”

Speaking of his resignation as defense minister last December, Mattis said: “When my solution and my strategic advice, especially regarding allied trust, became inconsistent (with the administration’s policies), it is time to resign, despite the unlimited joy that I felt it while serving with our troops in defense of our constitution.”

James Mattis took over as defense secretary in January 2017, with the Trump administration coming to power. Matisse left office on Jan. 1 amid media reports of disagreements between him and President Trump.

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