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Mattis Takes Swipe At Trump: 'I Earned My Spurs On The Battlefield'


Added 10-18-19 03:06:03am EST - “In a speech blending humor with a serious message, the former secretary of defense also quoted a warning by Lincoln against a leader "unfettered by conscience, precedent or decency."” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Mattis Takes Swipe At Trump: 'I Earned My Spurs On The Battlefield' ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, center, delivers the keynote address during the 74th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, on Thursday, in New York. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, center, delivers the keynote address during the 74th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, on Thursday, in New York.

President Trump fired him (after he submitted his resignation) and earlier this week reportedly called him "the world's most overrated general," but former Defense Secretary James Mattis had a few barbs of his own to sling in a speech he gave in New York on Thursday.

Delivering the keynote address at the 75th Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York, Mattis — a retired four-star U.S. Marine general — said he felt he had finally "achieved greatness."

"I'm not just an overrated general, I am the greatest, the world's most overrated," he said to laughter.

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