Trump's former chief of staff spills the beans: The president is lying about firing Mattis
John F. Kelly, President Trump's former chief of staff, just confirmed what common sense already told us when former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis offered his resignation in 2018, but Trump claimed he was fired instead. Mattis said he resigned because of Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria.
“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.”
Kelly made the comments just one day after Mattis released a statement denouncing President Trump for how he's handling the George Floyd protests around the country. Very few people are remaining loyal to Trump after departing his White House.
Mattis got under Trump's skin after saying that he was "making a mockery of our Constitution." Trump went on another tirade about Mattis on Wednesday in response:
"Probably the only thing Barack Obama & I have in common is that we both had the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the world’s most overrated General. I asked for his letter of resignation, & felt great about it. His nickname was “Chaos”, which I didn’t like, & changed to “Mad Dog”......
His primary strength was not military, but rather personal public relations. I gave him a new life, things to do, and battles to win, but he seldom “brought home the bacon”. I didn’t like his “leadership” style or much else about him, and many others agree. Glad he is gone!"
It looks like Trump cannot stop telling people he fired Mattis even though his own former chief of staff claims it's not true.