President Donald Trump started the new year the same way he ended 2018: attacking his critics on Twitter.
Trump on Tuesday lashed out at retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal with a string of personal attacks after the former leader of U.S. operations in Afghanistan called the president “immoral” and dishonest.
The president said former President Obama fired McChrystal “like a dog” while quoting a tweet from Fox News host Laura Ingraham that shared a post from a conservative website founded by her that recapped McChrystal’s weekend comments.
“‘General’ McChrystal got fired like a dog by Obama. Last assignment a total bust. Known for big, dumb mouth. Hillary lover!” Trump tweeted on New Year’s Day.
The retired four-star Army general said on ABC’s “This Week” that he would not work for the Trump administration if asked, citing the president’s dishonesty.
“It’s important for me to work for people who I think are basically honest, who tell the truth as best they know it,” McChrystal said.
“I don’t think he tells the truth,” he added.
McChrystal has previously been critical of Trump’s policies and rhetoric.
He has questioned Trump’s decision to send troops to the southern border and has expressed concern over the president’s repeated criticism of former military leaders, such as retired Adm. William McRaven.
The president in November derided McRaven, who oversaw the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, as a “Hillary Clinton fan.”
Trump used the same line of attack on McChrystal on Tuesday.
“General” McChrystal got fired like a dog by Obama. Last assignment a total bust. Known for big, dumb mouth. Hillary lover! https://t.co/RzOkeHl3KV
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2019
Trump is currently in search of a full-time Defense secretary after James Mattis resigned, effective Tuesday. Mattis’s resignation came after Trump announced plans to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria.