The Associated Press reports:
Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warns bitter political divisions have pushed American society to the ‘‘breaking point’’ in his most extensive public remarks since he resigned in protest from the Trump administration.
Mattis also goes into some reasons he left the Trump administration in an excerpt from his book published Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal.
The retired Marine general writes he quit in 2018 when he realized his advice to President Donald Trump ‘‘no longer resonated’’ particularly with regard to ‘‘keeping faith’’ with allies.
“Nations with allies thrive, and those without them wither. Alone, America cannot protect our people and our economy. At this time, we can see storm clouds gathering. A polemicist’s role is not sufficient for a leader.”
– Sec. Jim Mattis
WSJ essay adapted from forthcoming book pic.twitter.com/3g76fyp6Nd
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) August 28, 2019
Shorter Mattis: For the sake of the country, don’t re-elect Trump.
”We can see storm clouds gathering. A polemicist’s role is not sufficient for a leader….We will occupy an increasingly lonely position, one that puts us at increasing risk in the world.” https://t.co/eFX0huwofM
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) August 28, 2019
I’ll never forget how you stood there grinning behind Trump as he signed the Muslim ban. https://t.co/beW7nkZF5E
— Matt Duss (@mattduss) August 28, 2019
Mattis: ”What concerns me most as a military man is not our external adversaries; it is our internal divisiveness. We are dividing into hostile tribes cheering against each other, fueled by emotion and a mutual disdain that jeopardizes our future.”
— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) August 28, 2019