Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that he & # 39; will not speak ill & # 39; of Donald Trump in his first television interview since he left the president's administration because he does not want to tear this country apart & # 39 ;.
But he admitted that Trump had an & # 39; unusual & # 39; resident of the Oval Office.
& # 39; I will not speak angry about a sitting president. I'm not going to do it, & Mattis said CBS News in an interview this weekend on & # 39; CBS Sunday Morning & # 39; is broadcast.
& # 39; He is an unusual president, our president is. And I think we should be careful, especially with the rabid nature of today's politics. We could tear this country apart, & he added.
James Mattis said that he & # 39; will not speak ill & # 39; by Donald Trump in his first television interview since he left the president's board
Mattis left President Trump's administration at the end of 2018
Mattis, who retired as Trump & # 39; s prime minister of defense, only for the president to later claim he had fired him, is on a media tour to book his upcoming book & # 39; Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead & # 39 ; to promote.
He became one of the & # 39; adults & # 39; called in the chaotic White House of Trump – part of a circle of advisors including former Chief of Staff John Kelly.
His departure was controversial and came after political disagreements with the president.
Mattis told CBS about his exit: & # 39; This is how I saw the power of America, that we keep our alliances together and keep them tight. And if I wasn't the right person to do this, the president [then] needed someone who was more in line with his views. & # 39;
Mattis said he hasn't talked to the president since he resigned.
The former Pentagon leader has appeared more in the public lately, after lying low after his departure from Trump's administration at the end of 2018. His book will be on the shelves on September 3.
He has given a few interviews last week and, apart from his book, published in the Wall Street Journal.
The retired Marine Corps General hinted that he would criticize Trump, who he allegedly clashed during his tenure as with the Pentagon.
A respected soldier who fought in the Persian Gulf War and not only touring Iraq and Afghanistan, Mattis did not publicly clash with Trump, but their differences were reported at the time.
Bob Woodward quoted Mattis in his book & # 39; Fear & # 39; about the Trump government that he said the president's concept & # 39; fifth or sixth grader & # 39; about some issues.
He also reported that the Secretary of Defense openly defied orders from the Supreme Commander. Mattis denied the allegations in the book when it was published.
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
But the former defense minister said he wasn't & # 39; forever & # 39; would be in his silence about Trump.
& # 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 interview published on Thursday.
He said he felt that he had a period of silence due to the government and the American people after his departure – especially on the basis of the decision 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;
After serving as Trump's defense minister for just two years, Mattis submitted his resignation letter on December 20, 2018 – a 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.
Mattis explained on Wednesday that he left 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 opinion piece.
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;
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.
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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