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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' exit prompts concern from Europe to Asia

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World worried about Mattis resignation

The Europeans were unnerved. The Russians skeptical. The Chinese stayed silent.

The revelation that after two years in the job, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was resigning citing policy differences with President Donald Trump led to dismay on Friday but also a period of reflection among longstanding American allies and adversaries.

"A morning of alarm in Europe," former Swedish prime minister and now chairman of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank, Carl Bildt wrote on Twitter.

"SecDef Mattis is the remaining strong bond across the Atlantic in the Trump administration. All the others are fragile at best or broken at worst," he added.

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