James Mattis the Secretary of Defense dismissed the controversies of an ideological line drawn between himself and President Donald Trump during a press conference at Pentagon on Thursday.
Mattis recalled his “hold the line” speech which he gave in front of US service members in Jordan earlier in this month, in which his comments were defined. That he has his support for the President.
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During the Thursday briefing at Pentagon, Mattis explained the actual meaning behind his words by primarily referencing Trump’s recent speech on Afghanistan.
“If you remember, the first, I don’t know, three, four, five, six paragraphs was about America coming together and so, fresh in my mind a couple hours later, and I used that theme to say that, you know, we have go to come back together, get a fundamental friendliness, you guys – military guys, you hold the line as our country comes back together” said Mattis. “And people took –literally, I – I’m using the president’s thoughts am they thought that I was distancing from the president, so I mean, it shows how ludicrous this really is. I mean, I’m not trying to make fun of the people who write along those lines,” Mattis said referring to the narrative that he was distancing himself from Trump. “I think this is more someone’s rather rich imagination,” he added.
Other theories of separation between Trump and other White House officials most notably Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the White House’s Economic Council director Gary Cohn – have spread like wild fire as Trump continues to baffle critics and supporters following him and his administration’s response to the deadly Charlottesville violence, Virginia, rally and continued provocations from North Korea.