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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."

Go deeper: Syria decision exposes Trump to political peril

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Rahm Emanuel floated for Transportation secretary

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President-elect Biden is strongly considering Rahm Emanuel to run the Department of Transportation, weighing the former Chicago mayor’s experience on infrastructure spending against concerns from progressives over his policing record.

Why it matters: The DOT could effectively become the new Commerce Department, as infrastructure spending, smart cities construction and the rollout of drone-delivery programs take on increasing economic weight.

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Biden turns to experienced hands for White House economic team

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Joe Biden plans to announce Cecilia Rouse and Brian Deese as part of his economic team and Neera Tanden to head the Office of Management and Budget, sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: These are experienced hands. Unveiling a diverse group of advisers also may draw attention away from a selection of Deese to run the National Economic Council. Some progressives have criticized his work at BlackRock, the world's largest asset management firm.

Biden taps former Obama communications director for press secretary

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Jen Psaki, who previously served as Obama's communications director, will serve as President-elect Joe Biden's press secretary, the transition team announced Sunday.

The big picture: All of the top aides in Biden's communication staff will be women, per the Washington Post, which first reported Psaki's appointment.

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