James Mattis: 'I am the Meryl Streep of generals'

Cheryl Sanders
October 18, 2019

Former Defense Secretary James Mattis poked fun at himself and President Trump at the 74th annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York City on Thursday night, a day after the president called Mattis "the world's most overrated general".

At a meeting in the White House, Trump claimed that Mattis was "the world's most overrated general".

"And, you do have to admit, between me and Meryl, at least we've had some victories", he added.

In a contentious meeting between Trump and congressional lawmakers on Wednesday (where both Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the other was having a "meltdown"), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, invoked comments Mattis made about the withdrawal from Syria in a recent interview, The Washington Post reported. 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.

I think the only person in the military Donald Trump doesn't think is overrated... is Colonel Sanders. "Donald Trump earned his spurs in a letter from a doctor".

Trump slammed Streep as "one of the most overrated" actresses in Hollywood when she criticized him during a Golden Globes speech.

At the White House meeting on Wednesday, which was centered around the president's decision to pull troops out of Syria, Trump made the "overrated" insult while also chastising Mattis for being "not tough enough".

'I like to think of myself as less of a mad dog and more of an emotional support animal.

A year on from leaving the administration, Mattis joked: "The recovery process is going well, the counselor says I'll graduate soon".

The annual roast, hosted by New York Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan, draws luminaries from finance and politics.

Short also poked fun at New York City's mayor.

Schumer, who attended the event as well, showed solidarity with the general, tweeting, "While Donald Trump was having another rally, it was great to catch up with General Mattis-the Meryl Streep of generals".

Some accused him of being spineless for not speaking out against Trump sooner.

On a serious note, Mattis alluded to Trump's decision to have US troops stand down in Syria, clearing the way for Turkey to launch an offensive against Kurdish forces who had been USA allies in the fight against the Islamic State group.

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