Greg Gutfeld and the co-hosts of "The Five" called out some Democrats and media pundits for having a "meltdown" over the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Mattis, a retired four-star Marine general, on Thursday announced his resignation. He will serve in his role until the end of February.

Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin reported Friday that President Trump's announcement that U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Syria was the "final straw" for Mattis, according to sources.

CNN anchor Don Lemon said Americans should be worried after Mattis' resignation, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said the U.S. is "in retreat," CNN's Jim Acosta questioned if the "wheels are on" at the White House, and liberal filmmaker Michael Moore said he is "frightened for the country."

"I'm amazed that Michael Moore is so distraught that James Mattis is leaving. Who knew he was such a fan of 'Mad Dog,'" Gutfeld quipped, referring to one of Mattis' nicknames.


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Gutfeld said much of the coverage has descended into "24-hour hysteria," as it does for much of the news surrounding the Trump administration.

"Could it be that Mattis actually fulfilled the job that he was supposed to do and now Trump wants somebody else to do a different job?" Gutfeld said.

He noted that former President Obama went through several defense secretaries during his time in office, and there was no "meltdown" from the media or Democrats.

Jesse Watters said Trump "deserves" a defense secretary who is aligned with him on critical foreign policy issues, such as the U.S. troop presence in Syria.

"With that said, I can kind of see both [sides]," Watters said. "You don't want to give the Iranians and the Russians free reign over that area ... and you don't want to abandon your allies. But on the other hand, do we really need to be there forever in Syria, spending more blood and treasure with a mission that's really undefined?"

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