Ebb tide is the first feeling that the water is rushing out. Not the beginning or the end, the shift in the middle part of the cycle signaling change. That is what the last few days has felt like for the Trump Administration.
Thursday evening President Trump tweeted out that Secretary of Defense James Mattis would be retiring. Soon after, the former general’s own letter announcing his departure became public, and it is clear Mattis resigned among differences with the administration.
With President Trump increasingly under fire and continually thwarted in his executive actions in court, administration officials like Mattis saying “strictly according to the law,” will be more important to the country than ever.