Last Night, James Mattis Appeared To Mock Trump For Dodging The Draft


"I earned my spurs on the battlefield, Donald Trump earned his spurs in a letter from a doctor," Mattis said Thursday.

Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, chastised for his reluctance to directly speak out against President Trump, focused direct jabs at Trump at a comedic keynote address on Thursday, according to The Washington Post

Trump called his former Cabinet official, who resigned from the position in protest last December, “the world’s most overrated general.”

“I’m not just an overrated general. I’m the most overrated general,” the celebrated Marine Corps general said in his keynote speech at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York. “I’m honored to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress. So I guess I’m the Meryl Streep of generals, and frankly that sounds pretty good to me.”

Mattis stepped down over Trump’s military actions between 2016 and 2018, and said that the president deserved to have someone “whose views are better aligned” in his Cabinet. However, he offered cautionary words on Sunday regarding Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria, warning that the Islamic State would “resurge” without military pressure in the region. 

Mattis continued to throw jabs at President Trump Thursday evening, which included criticisms of the president for dodging the draft for the Vietnam War because of the “bone spurs” that the president claimed to have in both of his heels. 

“I earned my spurs on the battlefield,” Mattis said. “Donald Trump earned his spurs in a letter from a doctor.”

While Thursday evening was a night intended for comedic zingers, Mattis’s jokes could be a signal that more substantive criticisms are to come. 

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