WASHINGTON — President Trump is feuding with his former Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis.
“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 said in a statement.
“We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society.”
Trump rebuked Mattis’ words soon after the statement was made public saying “probably the only thing Barack Obama and I have in common is that we both had the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the world’s most overrated General.”
Vice-President Mike Pence chimed into the feud Sunday.
“I haven’t spoken to General Mattis, but I can tell you he’s wrong,” Pence said to FOX’s Watters’ World. “What this president has done in recent days is what every American expects a president to do in times of crisis, and that’s to put the lives, and the property, and the liberty of every American first.”
Mattis was fired by President Trump for disagreeing with the president’s approach to dealing with unrest in Syria in 2018.