Trump is now attacking his former chief of staff, saying he 'didn't know' anything
President Trump is now going after John Kelly, his former chief of staff, after the general defended former Secretary of Defense and fellow general James Mattis for his comments on the president.
"John Kelly didn’t know I was going to fire James Mattis, nor did he have any knowledge of my asking for a letter of resignation. Why would I tell him, he was not in my inner-circle, was totally exhausted by the job, and in the end just slinked away into obscurity. They all want to come back for a piece of the limelight!
The problem with asking for someone to give you a letter of resignation, which you do as a courtesy to help them save face, is that it is then harder to say you fired them. I did fire James Mattis. He was no good for Obama, who fired him also, and was no good for me!"
What Trump leaves out, though, is that Kelly was pretty detailed in his knowledge of Mattis' firing. Kelly said he knew for a fact that Trump did not ask Mattis for his resignation and he only did so after seeing Fox News interpreting his resignation letter as a slap in the face to Trump.
“The president did not fire him. He did not ask for his resignation," the former general said in an interview with the Washington Post. The president has clearly forgotten how it actually happened or is confused. The president tweeted a very positive tweet about Jim until he started to see on Fox News their interpretation of his letter. Then he got nasty. Jim Mattis is a honorable man.”