Published: Sun, October 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Most overrated? Mattis laughs off Trump barb at charity gala

Most overrated? Mattis laughs off Trump barb at charity gala

Former Defense Secretary James Mattis is firing back after President Trump criticized him during a White House meeting. I'm the most overrated general, ' Mattis said.

PHOTO: Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, left, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, center, and Happy Warrior Award Recipient Mary Ann Tighe react to opening remarks during the 74th Annual Alfred E. Smith Dinner, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in NY. "I'm honored to be called that by Donald Trump, because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actor. I am guess the Meryl Streep of generals, and frankly that sounds pretty good to me".

"You attain must admit", he mentioned, "between me and Meryl, no longer lower than we've had some victories".

Mattis, 69, resigned from his defense secretary post in December after Trump chose to withdraw troops from Syria. "He quoted Lincoln. But the clip you just ran I thought was totally unprofessional and uncalled for and it's not something a professional military member, should do in my view", Hertling said. "The counselor says I'll graduate soon". Schumer reportedly read a quote from Mattis's Sunday appearance on "Meet the Press", during which he warned that "ISIS will resurge" if the US does not keep forces in northern Syria. Trump's "overrated" comment wasn't the first time that the president mocked Mattis, who used to be one of his top Cabinet officials.

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He said: "I like to think of myself as less of a mad dog and more of an emotional support animal". Trump added, "I captured ISIS". He additionally teased Trump for dodging the draft for the Vietnam Battle thanks to the "bone spurs" that the president has mentioned he had in every of his heels. "That's really great because now the airlines let me fly for free", said Mattis. Mattis said the former president made "catastrophic decisions" while in office.

Since then he has largely refrained from publicly criticising the administration, saying he owed "a duty of silence".

On a similar note, William H. McRaven, a retired Navy Admiral who commanded the U.S. Special Operations Command, wrote an op-ed in the Times yesterday taking Trump to task for abandoning our responsibilities in Syria. Upon his resignation, he gave Trump a letter outlining his reasoning.

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