Former Defense Secretary Slams Trump Over Protest Response

Former Defense Secretary James Mattis has stayed silent, but no more. He is venting frustration over President Trump's response to nationwide protests. The retired Marine general has kept mostly quiet since exiting the Trump Administration in 2018.

But now? In a piece appearing in “The Atlantic” magazine, Mattis argues that Trump is the first president he's seen who doesn't "even pretend to try" to unite Americans. His comments come after Trump threatened to use the military to put an end to the demonstrations.

"We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort,” Mattis offers in part. “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. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children.”

Source: The Atlantic