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Jim Mattis says he's "angry and appalled" by Trump's action

Jim Mattis says he's "angry and appalled" by Trump's action
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis with President Donald J. Trump at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, May 29, 2017 Credit: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from Washington D.C, United States / Public domain

Jim Mattis, former US Defence Secretary who left the Trump administration in 2018, condemns President Trump's recent actions. In a statement published by The Atlantic, Mattis wrote: "Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us." Mattis calls to hold those in office accountable for making a mockery of the Constitution and further states "we are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership".

Trump responded to Mattis' statement on Twitter, writing: "[...] had the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the world’s most overrated General. I asked for his letter of resignation, & felt great about it. [...] 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!"

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