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Donald Trump 2018: Is He Leaving White House Due to Pressures of Mueller Investigation & Amid Mattis Resignation?

Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona in 2016 | Photo by Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 2.0)/Flickr.com

The United States President Donald Trump is now speculated to resign in the near future. His administration is still under the pressures of the Mueller investigation. Added to that, the Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis, has just filed his resignation reportedly due to Trump’s plans of pulling out US troops from Syria.

An investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller started back in May 2017 to determine the depth of the Russian government’s alleged interference with the 2016 presidential elections. MSNBC news anchor Chris Matthews speculated that the Mueller investigation would take its toll on Trump and suggested that Trump’s children serving in his administration are possibly “the next dominoes to fall.”

Matthews further speculated that the Trumps can possibly make a deal with the prosecution which could include leaving the White House in exchange of evading jail time. The news anchor later addressed the President and advised him to “leverage the office” while he still can. “So let’s watch the probable events of the coming weeks bring all this to a breaking point. It is going to be historic,” Matthews told his viewers.

Since the Mueller investigation began, over 30 defendants from in and out of the United States have been officially charged with various offenses. The latest being Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty of providing false statement while under oath and is now facing a three-year prison sentence.

More recently, the Trump administration has been scrutinized after its plans of pulling out US troops from Syria were revealed. Shortly after that, Jim Mattis’ resignation was confirmed. In his letter (via The Guardian), he told the President he only intends to stay in his office through February 2019.

Mattis’ resignation letter implied that the Trump administration is loosely holding on to the leadership of its allies over “common defense” agreements following 9-11 and efforts to dissolve ISIS forces. The 26th U.S. Defense Secretary also commented on Trump’s “unambiguous” approach toward the Chinese and Russian government.

The exiting Defense Secretary deemed these governments are aiming to proliferate their countries’ “authoritarian model” on a global scale. “That is why we must use all the tools of American power to provide for the common defense,” Mattis concluded.

As expected, Donald Trump addressed the controversies over Mattis’ resignation through his personal Twitter account. The POTUS tweeted that his administration did “more damage to ISIS” compared to all his predecessors. He also claimed to be toughest “but fair” U.S. President ever in dealing with China and Russia.

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