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Mattis to Spicer: 選致e killed people for a living. If you call me again, I知 going to f--king send you to Afghanistan
By: J.D. SImkins - Military Times (old post 9-5-18)

5 other times Mattis dropped terrifying threats on people

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis didn稚 favorably receive former Press Secretary Sean Spicer痴 repeated requests to get the retired Marine Corps general to appear on numerous talk shows, according to an excerpt from Bob Woodward痴 upcoming book, 擢ear: Trump in the White House."

According to one passage in the book, an exasperated Mattis, having answered 渡o a number of times already, lashed out at Spicer, who is an officer in the Navy Reserve.

鉄ean, I致e killed people for a living," the secretary of defense said. "If you call me again, I知 going to f--king send you to Afghanistan. Are we clear?

To date, Mattis has appeared only once on a network television show, when he added to his long list of Mattisisms after 擢ace of the Nation" host John Dickerson asked what tumultuous world affairs keep the retired general awake at night.

哲othing. I keep other people awake at night, he quickly countered.

Since then, however, Mattis distaste for the limelight has been clear. At a recent Pentagon briefing, he told reporters that standing in front of cameras and addressing large audiences is something he dreads, according to Business Insider.

The exchange with Spicer is one of many noteworthy examples in 擢ear that illustrate the divide between the White House and the Pentagon.

In one section, Woodward recounts how the president痴 disconnect from matters of national security prompted Trump to question why the United States was even allocating military resources to the Korean Peninsula at all.

展e池e doing this in order to prevent World War III, Mattis answered.

溺attis was particularly exasperated and alarmed," following the Jan. 19 National Security Council meeting, Woodward writes, "telling close associates that the president acted like and had the understanding of 疎 fifth- or sixth-grader.樗

That statement was refuted by Mattis on Tuesday, when the secretary of defense called Woodward痴 book a work of 吐iction and 殿 product of someone痴 rich imagination.

展hile I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility," Mattis said in a statement.

Woodward based 擢ear on hundreds of hours of interviews with Trump administration staffers with firsthand experience conducted on 電eep background," according to the Washington Post.

In addition to Mattis, chief of staff and retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly features prominently in Woodward痴 White House expos, and is quoted as saying the president is 砥nhinged, according to the Post.

滴e痴 an idiot, Kelly is reported as saying about the president. "It痴 pointless to try to convince him of anything. He痴 gone off the rails. We池e in Crazytown. I don稚 even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I致e ever had.

These statements, like those reportedly made by Mattis, were also refuted.

典he idea I ever called the president an idiot is not true, said Kelly, who called Woodward痴 work "another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration痴 many successes.

The chasm of communication and decision-making that has existed between the White House and Pentagon on matters of national security has led many to speculate that an exhausted Mattis may step down before Trump痴 first term even draws to a close.

Those close to the secretary of defense, however, have insisted that he will remain for the duration of the term if asked.

About this writer: J.D. Simkins is a writer and editor for Military Times who was a Marine scout observer from 2004-2008.


Personal note: I like this guy Gen. Mattis - whew would hate to piss him off!!


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