Trump Compares Himself To Obama While Claiming He Fired Mattis, Who Actually Resigned In Protest
In an attempt to compare himself to former President Barack Obama, President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday he “essentially” fired his former Pentagon chief James Mattis, despite a resignation letter in which Mattis wrote he was departing because he didn’t share Trump’s worldview.
“I wish him well. I hope he does well. But, as you know, President Obama fired him and essentially so did I,” Trump said, according to CNN. “I want results,” he added.
Of course, that’s not true. Mattis actually quit over Trump’s erratic foreign policy.
In his resignation letter to Trump, Mattis said the President deserved a defense chief more closely aligned with his “America First” views. Aides said at the time that Trump was frustrated at coverage of Mattis’ resignation.
“What’s he done for me? How has he done in Afghanistan? Not too good. Not too good. I’m not happy with what he’s done in Afghanistan and I shouldn’t be happy,” Trump said.
Trump also revived his misleading claim that Russia is unhappy with the American troop withdrawal from Syria because it forces Russian troops to take over the fight against ISIS.
“Russia is not happy. You know what? They’re not happy,” the president said. “We’re killing them for them. … We’re killing ISIS, also, for Iran.”
“I never said we’re getting out tomorrow,” the Trump added. “I said we’re pulling our soldiers out. … But we’re getting out very powerfully,” he said, according to CNN.