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LARA SELIGMAN
DANIEL LIPPMAN02/27/2020
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SOURCE: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/02/27/pentagon-firing-white-house-purge-117785
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By LARA SELIGMAN and DANIEL LIPPMAN02/27/2020 04:30 AM ESTLink CopiedThe White House demanded the ouster of Pentagon policy chief John Rood last week after the former industry executive opposed the administration on plans to pull U.S. troops from Syria and its policy toward Chinese tech giant Huawei, six current and former Trump administration officials tell POLITICO.Rood, who has served as undersecretary of Defense for policy since January 2018, resigned on Feb. 19 at the behest of President Donald Trump and will officially step down at the end of this week. On top of that, the NSC chafed at Rood’s opposition to several key White House agenda items.Trump’s campaign to root out “anti-Trump” members of his administration following his impeachment acquittal provided the NSC the perfect opportunity to finally oust Rood, current and former officials said.“He never hesitated to tell the White House that he disagreed on stuff,” said one former administration official, citing the withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and pulling U.S. troops from Syria —decisions former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis also opposed before his own ouster.

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