Democrats, including the opposition media, love to get “gold nugget” statements from Republicans to use against Republicans to push a farce narrative that the party isn’t getting along and are willing to cut each other down during disagreements.
Sen. Chuck Schumer disagrees with Pres. Trump all the time, and during a visit to the White House, speaking on the Syria troop pullout, the New York lawmaker used Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis as an example of dissent, which caused Pres. Trump to call his former general the “world’s most overrated general.”
The Marine general had initially said ISIS would become a threat again after U.S. troops withdrew from northern Syria.
“We have got to keep the pressure on ISIS so they don’t recover. We may want a war over, we may even declare it over. You can pull your troops out, as President Obama learned the hard way out of Iraq, but the enemy gets a vote, we say in the military. If we don’t keep pressure on, then ISIS will resurge. It’s absolutely a given that they will come back,” Mattis explained during his interview on “Meet the Press” on Sunday.
On Thursday, both Mattis and Schumer attended the Al Smith Memorial Foundation dinner, which served as a great set up point to respond to the Senator invoking his name in discussion with Pres. Trump.
Mattis: “So I’m honored to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress. So I guess I’m the Meryl Streep of generals, and frankly that sounds pretty good to me,” Mattis said, further thanking Schumer for bringing up his concerns about ISIS during the meeting.
And you do have to admit that between me and Meryl, at least we’ve had some victories,” he added.
I hope the President will not start a feud with an honorable man who resigned rather than sabotaging lawful presidential directives. I could do without the sniping back and forth between the President and former admin officials. Ultimately it only benefits those jackals who hate both of them.
I have a high opinion of “Mad Dog” Mattis based on everything I’ve heard, but no one gets bonus points for not being a traitor. Mattis and Trump can have profound differences of opinion without either of them being derelict of duty. And while I would take Mattis any day to run a battle, Trump has to run a country.
Once fired, there is no need to justify kicking again. On the other hand, the President has been so patient, being maligned, sabotaged and undermined, the bear has to poke back at some point.
There is great respect for Mathis, and it is well deserved, but on the other side of the coin, we need to rethink our worldwide presence since WWll. It’s been a long time since the UN and NATO do what they were intended to do.
With all that said, I believe that the President made a big mistake with this comment. I am a veteran who served, and I would want Mattis at the head of troops when things get bad but that doesn’t stop me from supporting the President either.
We can get along, don’t you agree?
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