James Mattis at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, Sept. 3. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Former Defense Secretary James Mattis addressed during an interview on NBC’s "Meet the Press" to air Sunday President Trump's decision to pull troops out of northern Syria, warning "ISIS will resurge."

Secretary of State Pompeo, the intelligence services, the foreign countries that are working with us have it about right that ISIS is not defeated. We have got to keep the pressure on ISIS so they don't recover."
— James Mattis to NBC

The big picture: The president's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the region has been criticized by several leading Republicans, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Following Trump's decision, Turkey launched a military offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters in northern Syria.

Background: Mattis is a 4-star general who served in the Trump administration as defense secretary.

  • He said in his resignation letter in December that he would be retiring because "you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects."

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The state of play: The disclosure was made in a filing in federal court that seeks to force accounting firm Mazars USA to comply with a subpoena for eight years of Trump's personal and corporate tax returns.

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Why it matters: The two committees, in addition to Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, are investigating whether Linick was fired because he was probing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the State Department's attempts to bypass Congress to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.