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President Trump is not happy with his former defense secretary’s recent comments condemning his leadership in the wake of the social unrest after George Floyd’s death.
“Probably the only thing Barack Obama & I have in common is that we both had the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the world’s most overrated General,” Trump tweeted Wednesday night. “I asked for his letter of resignation, & felt great about it. His nickname was ‘Chaos’, which I didn’t like, & changed to ‘Mad Dog’ His primary strength was not military, but rather personal public relations. I gave him a new life, things to do, and battles to win, but he seldom ‘brought home the bacon’. I didn’t like his ‘leadership’ style or much else about him, and many others agree. Glad he is gone!”
Mattis wrote a long statement earlier in the day, saying he was “angry and appalled” about Trump’s attempts to control heightened protests over the last week.
Protests that followed after the police killing of Floyd quickly turned into several nights of violent rioting. Trump threatened to send in the military if state and local governments did not take care of it.
Mattis, a former Marine Corps general, said Trump’s motives represented nothing he’s seen in his 50 years in the military and accused the president of being a threat to the U.S. Constitution.
He hit especially hard at speculation that the White House used tear gas on protesters to keep Trump safe in a recent visit to St. John’s Episcopal Church. The White House denies this claim.
“Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the constitutional rights of their fellow citizens — much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside,” Mattis said.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany also slammed Mattis for his words, calling it an attempt to appease the Washington, D.C., elite.
“Former Secretary Mattis’ ‘article’ is little more than a self-promotional stunt to appease the DC elite,” McEnany said. “President @realDonaldTrump is the law and order President that has restored peace to our nation’s streets. Mattis’ small words pale in comparison to @POTUS’ strong action. Under President @realDonaldTrump’s leadership, there will be NO burning of churches, looting of businesses, destruction of property, and assaults on civilians and police. America will unite in LAW AND ORDER!”