Mattis Mocks Trump’s Draft-Dodging At Gala Dinner

ABC News reports:

Former Defense Secretary James Mattis roasted his former boss at the Alfred E. Smith dinner in New York City on Thursday night. “I’m not just an overrated general. I’m the world’s greatest overrated general,” joked Mattis, who received a standing ovation as he stepped to the dais. “I’m honored to be called that by Donald Trump, because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actor. So I guess I’m the Meryl Streep of generals.”

One of the general’s most biting jokes came in relation to Trump’s infamous deferment of military service in Vietnam over alleged bone spurs in his feet.”I earned my spurs on the battlefield; Donald Trump earned his spurs in a letter from a doctor,” Mattis said.

He also knocked Trump for his many hours of executive time: “It’s been a year since I’ve left the administration, the recovery process is going well,” he joked. “The counselor says I’ll graduate soon. A year according to White House time is about 9,000 hours of executive time or 1,800 holes of golf.”