Pentagon policy chief resigns after Trump asked for his departure

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U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, John Rood, who advised against cutting off U.S. military aid to Ukraine in 2019, decided to resign after President Donald Trump asked for his departure.

According to Bloomberg, Rood in a letter to Trump said that he would resign on February 28, as the president requested.

At the same time, Rood, who has been in his post since January 2018, did not say why Trump sought his ouster.

“It’s my understanding from Secretary Esper that you requested my resignation from serving as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy,” Rood said in his letter.

Several sources said some U.S. security officials have lost confidence in Rood’s ability to carry out President Trump’s agenda.

Earlier, Mr. Rood drew attention because he was the official who testified in May to Congress that Ukraine had the right to receive USD 250 million in security assistance. Later, the White House temporarily blocked this assistance.

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