Mattis hits back at Trump's insult saying he's 'the greatest overrated general'

Cheryl Sanders
October 20, 2019

"I'm honored to be regarded as that by Donald Trump due to he additionally identified as Meryl Streep an overrated actress", Mattis mentioned in his keynote speech at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Basis Dinner in Recent York.

Trump dismissed Mattis as "not tough enough", pointing out that the general had said it would take two years to "capture ISIS", but "I captured them in one month".

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 considered that by Donald Trump, because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress", Mattis continued. Mattis resigned in December because Mr. Trump advocated for total withdrawal of American troops from Syria.

"Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position", Mattis wrote. But as ABC also noted, Mattis had previously said that he wouldn't be quiet on Trump "forever", and we may already be seeing the first cracks in what was always a poorly maintained omerta.

"According to the president he's the 'most overrated general, '" Short cracked in his intro.

But Mattis didn't stop there with his jabs at the president. "I have earned my spurs on the battlefield".

"For the president to berate a man who has served the country, who is respected as a human being and as a general and as a Secretary of Defense, and not have a policy... what bothered Mattis was the same thing I think that bothers so many of us".

Mattis also made a crack about bone spurs, Trump's excuse for avoiding the Vietnam War draft.

Before the walkout, Trump disparaged Mattis, who had argued as defense secretary that US troops were needed in Syria to prevent a resurgence of Islamic State fighters.

Since then, he has largely refrained from publicly criticizing the administration, saying he owed the commander in chief "a duty of silence". Upon his resignation, he gave Trump a letter outlining his reasoning.

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