Jim Mattis gave his most direct attack on the president since he resigned as Secretary of Defense and assured that more would come.
& # 39; There is a period in which I owe my silence. It is not eternal. It won't be forever, & Matt The Atlantic Ocean in an article published on Thursday.
The retired naval corps general who resigned as chief of the Pentagon at the end of 2018, said he felt he owed a period of silence to the government and the American people after his departure – mainly on the grounds that he decided to leave.
& # 39; If you leave an administration, you owe some silence. When you leave a government due to clear policy differences, you should give the people who are still there as many opportunities as possible to defend the country, & Mattis said.
& # 39; I know the malice that some people feel for this country, & # 39; he continued, & # 39; and we need to give the people who protect us some time to perform their duties without adding my criticism of the cacophony that is now so toxic. & # 39;
Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said he was giving the government a period of & # 39; silence & # 39; was due after his resignation, but claimed & # 39; it won't be forever & # 39;
Mattis resigned after making headlines with President Trump on various policy issues. He recently started speaking to the president and explaining why he decided to quit as Chief of the Pentagon
After serving as Trump's defense minister for only two years, Mattis submitted his resignation letter on December 20, 2018 – just one day after Trump announced that he would withdraw troops from Syria.
Shortly before Trump's announcement, Mattis said troops would stay in Syria after ISIL's defeat to ensure that the terrorist organization would not regroup.
The two also had different perspectives on policy.
On Wednesday, Mattis explained that he was leaving the administration because Trump ignored his advice to keep faith in American allies.
& # 39; When my concrete solutions and strategic advice, especially staying loyal to our allies, no longer resonated, it was time to resign, despite the unlimited joy I felt to serve alongside our troops in defense of our constitution , & # 39; he wrote in the Wall Street Journal on / ed.
Despite being at odds with him for most of his tenure as a pentagon chief, Mattis said that attacking him after his departure would weaken the president at a time when the country was facing external threats.
& # 39; You are not endangering the country by attacking the chosen commander-in-chief, & # 39; he said in his interview. & # 39; I may not like a commander-in-chief, but our system places the commander-in-chief there and to further weaken him if we face real threats – I mean, we can be at war on the Korean peninsula every time they launch something . & # 39;
Mattis said that even if he didn't become the Commander in Chief & # 39; one fricking bit & # 39; likes, he would not speak out against him because it could further weaken him & # 39; because the US is confronted with external threats
However, Mattis claimed that Trump is counterproductive with his foreign policy initiatives and international interventions.
North Korea has fired several short-range missiles, which the President claims are not in violation of the agreement reached at the Singapore Summit in 2018, where Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held bilateral meetings to work on denuclearization.
& # 39; North Korea fired a few small weapons, some of my people and others, but I didn't bother, & # 39; tweeted Trump in May. & # 39; I'm confident President Kim will keep his promise to me, and also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Biden a person with a low IQ, and worse. Maybe that sends me a signal? & # 39;
Mattis was not satisfied with the classification and claimed that his resignation from the rocket tests was under the dignity of his office.
& # 39; Every General of the Navy or any other senior servant of the people of the United States would find that to use mild euphemism is counterproductive and under the dignity of the presidency, & # 39; Mattis said.
The former Secretary of Defense has become more publicly known lately, after he lay down after leaving the administration. Returning to public life comes shortly before the release of his upcoming book Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead, which will be available from September 3.
Mattis said his letter of resignation was included in the book to help people better understand why he decided he could no longer serve in the Trump government.
& # 39; I had no choice but to leave, & # 39; he said. & # 39; That's why the letter is in the book. I want people to understand why I couldn't stay. I have been informed by four decades of experience and I just couldn't connect the dots anymore. & # 39;
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