Trump expected to replace Mattis on January 1: U.S. official

 Trump expected to replace Mattis on January 1: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to announce that Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan will take over from Jim Mattis as acting secretary of defense as of Jan., a senior U.S. administration official told Reuters.

Mattis resigned on Thursday over policy differences with Trump but said he would remain on the job until the end of February to ensure a smooth transition.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Writing by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

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Updated Date: Dec 24, 2018 00:05:36 IST