Monday, September 09, 2019
Former secretary of defense James Mattis repeatedly refused MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell's invitations to criticize President Donald Trump in an interview Thursday.
After Mitchell quoted a portion of his new book Call Sign Chaos that criticized the Obama administration"including former vice president and 2020 candidate Joe Biden"for leaving the Middle East in "disarray" and "our friends confused", she asked if the American alliances were weaker now than when Mattis took office in 2017, and Mattis replied, "No, NATO is actually stronger today."
After Mattis deflected questions about Islamic State and military funding toward border wall construction, she next brought up a 2017 cabinet meeting where Mattis praised on the U.S. military rather than Trump. "Andrea, I'm going to frustrate you here," Mattis said, stating he only was thinking at the time about representing the Pentagon as an "apolitical organization."
Visibly frustrated, Mitchell ends the interview.
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