U.S. special envoy for the global coalition to defeat ISIS, Brett McGurk, followed the footsteps of Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis, and submitted his resignation on Friday, according to CBS.
The New York-based network said in a report on Saturday that McGurk’s resignation came as a result of “strong disagreement” with President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. from Syria.
McGurk was expected to exit his post in February of 2019 regardless of the withdraw decision. The early resignation is likely an attempt to increase the internal pressure on the U.S. president.
Mattis submitted his resignation a day before McGurk. In his resignation letter, the former Marine Corps general stressed the importance of “treating allies with respect” and “being clear-eyed about both malign actors.” These words were seen by observers as a hint to Trump’s decision, which will leave U.S. proxies in northeastern Syria without any protection.
The new resignation will not likely effect Trump’s decision. However, it will further damage the trust between the U.S. and its proxy groups in the war-torn country, which had worked with McGurk for more than two years.