James Anderson, the Pentagon’s acting policy chief abruptly resigned on Tuesday after clashing with the White House over President Donald Trump’s policies, Politico reports.
“I am particularly grateful to have been entrusted with leading the dedicated men and women of Policy, who play a key role in our Nation’s security,” Anderson wrote in his resignation letter. “Now, as ever, our long-term success depends on adhering to the U.S. Constitution all public servants swear to support and defend.”
Anderson’s resignation also comes one day after Defense Secretary Mark Esper was fired by Trump, also over policy disagreements.
His departure potentially paves the way for Anthony Tata, Trump’s controversial nominee for the top policy job who was pulled from consideration due to Islamophobic tweets, to take over the policy post.