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At a cabinet meeting Wednesday, President Donald Trump claimed to have "essentially fired" former Secretary of Defense James Mattis and criticized the U.S. military's leadership, saying he believes he "would've been a good general."

About Mattis, Trump said "What's he done for me? How had he done in Afghanistan? Not too good. As you know, President Obama fired him, and essentially so did I."

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As a four star general and a former director of the International Security Assistance Force, with a career spanning over three decades, General Stanley McChrystal is more than qualified for a position in any president's administration.

But recently, he told Chief Global Affairs Correspondent for ABC News Martha Raddatz why—if asked—he would decline to serve on the administration of President Donald Trump. His answer was refreshing.

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Amidst growing chaos in Washington over President Donald Trump's withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and a looming government shutdown, the President announced via Twitter that Secretary of Defense James Mattis would be leaving the Trump administration.

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Defense Secretary James Mattis announced the Pentagon will not implement President Donald Trump's directive banning transgender people from serving in the military in any capacity, saying that he will first establish a panel of experts to study the ban's impact. The president tweeted out his plans for the military on July 26, an abrupt reversal of an Obama administration decision which would have allowed them to serve openly.

"Once the panel reports its recommendations and following my consultation with the secretary of Homeland Security, I will provide my advice to the president concerning implementation of his policy direction," Mattis said in the statement. "In the interim, current policy with respect to currently serving members will remain in place."

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Five active transgender members of the U.S. military represented by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) filed the first lawsuit Wednesday against President Donald Trump, challenging his proposed ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces in any capacity. Trump made the announcement in a series of tweets last month.

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President Donald Trump announced he will ban transgender people from serving in the military in any capacity, an abrupt reversal of an Obama administration decision which would have allowed them to serve openly.

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