James Mattis, in his first interview since leaving office: "There is a period in which I owe my silence. It’s not eternal. It’s not going to be forever.”
.⁦⁩: Mattis often seemed burdened in his role. His aides and friends say he found the president to be of limited cognitive ability, and of generally dubious character.
"His aides and friends say he found the president to be of limited cognitive ability, and of generally dubious character."
“There is a period in which I owe my silence. It’s not eternal. It’s not going to be forever.” — fascinating Jim Mattis interview with in “The Man Who Couldn’t Take It Anymore”
This is what James Mattis told President Trump the day he quit: "You’re going to have to get the next secretary of defense to lose to ISIS. I’m not going to do it.” For more, please read this piece
It’s one thing for Mattis to say cabinet officials owe a duty of silence as a specific requirement of their roles. What he seems to say here is that it is “endangering the country” to attack a president, full stop, which is appalling and authoritarian.
"You don’t endanger the country by attacking the elected commander in chief. I may not like a commander in chief one fricking bit, but our system puts the commander in chief there...." -- James Mattis, in his first interview
I'm not sure you can square former Sec Mattis's "duty of silence" with his publication of a high-profile book that contains implicit criticism, includes his resignation letter & that describes as "mainly a 100,000-word subtweet."
Can't wait to see... "It is mainly a 100,000 word subtweet" - ...on the paperback cover of James Mattis' new book. (Also this piece is a masterclass in pulling great stuff out of a tough interview)
Trump ain’t gonna like this one bit: “[Mattis] found the president to be of limited cognitive ability, and of generally dubious character.”
“You’re going to have to get the next secretary of defense to lose to ISIS,” Jim Mattis told Trump the day he resigned. “I’m not going to do it.”
“The duty of silence. If you leave an administration, you owe some silence. When you leave an administration over clear policy differences, you need to give the people who are still there as much opportunity as possible to defend the country.”
This is easily the most interesting thing on the Internet today. Why Did James Mattis Resign as Defense Secretary? - The Atlantic
An interesting piece by on Jim Mattis: "I believe that the American people should hear his answer to this question: Is Donald Trump fit for command?...Mattis is in an unparalleled position to provide a definitive answer."
Reminder: This is what James Mattis told Trump last year when the president ordered a withdrawal from Syria: "You’re going to have to get the next secretary of defense to lose to ISIS. I’m not going to do it.” From this piece
"I believe that the American people should hear his answer to this question: Is Donald Trump fit for command? "He should answer the question well before November 3, 2020."
All day, mulling this Mattis quote in ’s can’t-stop-reading piece: “There is a period in which I owe my silence. It’s not eternal. It’s not going to be forever.”
Mattis told the president: “You’re going to have to get the next secretary of defense to lose to ISIS. I’m not going to do it.”
“I had no choice but to leave.” General James Mattis talks to about his decision to resign as President Trump’s secretary of defense
Jim Mattis to Trump when he resigned: “You’re going to have to get the next secretary of defense to lose to ISIS. I’m not going to do it.”
"If you leave an administration, you owe a duty of silence," James Mattis tells in his first interview since resigning as Defense Secretary. But, Mattis adds, "it's not eternal."
“While discipline is an admirable quality, in my conversations with Mattis I found it exasperating, because I believe that the American people should hear his answer to this question: Is Donald Trump fit for command?”
Former Defense Secretary James Mattis issued a caveat about his silence regarding the Trump administration: “There is a period in which I owe my silence … It’s not going to be forever.”
The Mattis tour continues. Yesterday, bylined op-ed in the WSJ; today, interview with the Atlantic. In both, he references the notion of American democracy as "this great big experiment of ours."
He doesn’t owe Trump silence. He owes us truth. ⁦
After repeatedly refraining from commenting on Trump, Mattis engages when reads him Trump's tweet downplaying North Korea's weapons tests and applauding Kim's tirade against Biden. Mattis calls this "beneath the dignity of the presidency”
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler.
"he found the president to be of limited cognitive ability, and of generally dubious character" pretty well sums it up, doesn't it?
"I knew that this would be a Gallipoli of an interview, and that Mattis would be playing the role of the Ottoman gunners. But I had to try." - Mattis refuses to speak out, and instead has written a book on leadership. Unfortunately.
"he found [Trump] the president to be of limited cognitive ability, and of generally dubious character." Very polite.
“I had no choice but to leave,” General James Mattis told of his decision to resign as President Trump’s secretary of defense
James Mattis, on the El Paso massacre: "You know, on that day we were all Hispanics. That’s the way we have to think about this. If it happens to any one of us, it happens to all of us.” From this story
Jeffrey Goldberg's acccount of his talks with Gen. Mattis is fascinating. But a question: if Mattis ever does speak out about Trump's fitness, will it change any minds or compel others to speak out?
"Mattis made his case for keeping troops in Syria. Trump rejected his arguments. Thirty minutes into the conversation, Mattis told the president, 'You’re going to have to get the next secretary of defense to lose to ISIS. I’m not going to do it.'"
“I had no choice but to leave,” General James Mattis told of his decision to resign as President Trump’s secretary of defense
Mattis's "friends say he found the president to be of limited cognitive ability, and of generally dubious character."
General Mattis found the president to be of “limited cognitive ability, and of generally dubious character.”
“I had no choice but to leave,” General James Mattis told of his decision to resign as President Trump’s secretary of defense
“I had no choice but to leave,” General James Mattis told of his decision to resign as President Trump’s secretary of defense