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'Iím going to frustrate you here': Mattis refuses to bad-mouth Trump during MSNBC interview
washingtonexaminer ^ | September 05, 2019 | Julio Rosas

Posted on 09/07/2019 4:20:59 AM PDT by MarvinStinson

During former Defense Secretary James Mattis's MSNBC interview with Andrea Mitchell, he refused to criticize President Trump, even though she pressed him firmly to do so on various issues.

Mitchell tried to get Mattis to say Thursday if he thinks he is "normalizing" decisions Trump makes by not saying how he truly feels about them, such as when former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired via Twitter.

Each time, Mattis maintained that it is inappropriate for former military men and administration officials to undermine the current commander in chief.

"Your personal library has thousands, thousands, 7,000 books in it. What does it say about a chief executive who does not read? I’m just speaking hypothetically," Mitchell asked.

"Andrea, I’m going to frustrate you here," Mattis replied.

"I think any time you have a leadership team, and that’s what the president and his Cabinet is, or in a corporation, it's the CEO and the board of directors, you have to have people with strengths and weaknesses," he said. "I know I'm not strong in all areas."

While he does not attack Trump in his new book, Call Sign Chaos, Mattis does criticize former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as former Vice President Joe Biden.

Mattis added he does not think "one person can normalize anything. Right now, I’ve got a lot of faith in the American people to draw their own conclusions," saying he was first contracted to write the book in 2013.

"The U.S. military, since the time of George Washington, during Abraham Lincoln’s time, has dealt with this. George Marshall, Gen. Bradley said when generals retire their uniform, they should make sure they retire their tongue about politics. I stay with the military tradition all the way through, and the current political discussions are not something I want the U.S. military to be engaged in," he continued.

The retired Marine general said his conversations with Trump were open and frank, especially since Trump is famous for not holding back in his thoughts.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2020election; andreamitchell; dnctalkingpoint; dnctalkingpoints; election2020; jamesmattis; lyinglimolib; mattis; mediawingofthednc; msnbc; partisanmediashills; presstitutes; smearmachine; trump

1 posted on 09/07/2019 4:20:59 AM PDT by MarvinStinson
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To: MarvinStinson

General Mattis, just by being an actual human being, is showing the cultists for what they are.


2 posted on 09/07/2019 4:22:34 AM PDT by Tax-chick (One of the chief causes of premature death is fretting about your health.)
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To: MarvinStinson
Mattis is a classy guy 👍
3 posted on 09/07/2019 4:24:37 AM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: MarvinStinson

As with Obama, Mattis won’t bad-mouth Trump while the President is in office. Once Trump is out of office watch the gloves come off.


4 posted on 09/07/2019 4:25:35 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: MarvinStinson
Mattis says he owes Trump silence, but won't keep quiet 'forever'
5 posted on 09/07/2019 4:28:56 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: MarvinStinson
While he does not attack Trump in his new book, Call Sign Chaos, Mattis does criticize former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as former Vice President Joe Biden.

Mattis doesn't criticize a sitting President... he refuses to undermine Trump's power - knowing he's the current leader of the free world... On the other hand, Andrea Mitchell an ugly commie 'elite', would sink her country if she could...

6 posted on 09/07/2019 4:49:49 AM PDT by GOPJ (CNN's Lawrence O'Donnell rapes 5 year old boys and his Mom's a whore. IF true a bombshell story.)
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Oh yeah. He’s not bad mouthing Trmp at all.

Blechh.


7 posted on 09/07/2019 5:28:27 AM PDT by stanne
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To: DoodleDawg
Once Trump is out of office watch the gloves come off

So then we can enjoy another 5 1/2 years of his silence, correct?

:)


8 posted on 09/07/2019 7:05:02 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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