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Mattis responds to Trump criticism:
'I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals'
October 18, 2019
Mattis responds to Trump criticism: 'I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals'
The Hill, October 18, 2019
Former Defense secretary James Mattis responded to the President Trump calling him "the world's most overrated general" during a meeting with Congressional leaders Wednesday.
"I'm not just an overrated general. I'm the greatest, the world's most overrated," Mattis told the audience at the Al Smith Memorial Foundation dinner Thursday. Mattis was the keynote speaker at the 74th annual event.
"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 continued.
But Mattis didn't stop there with his jabs at the president.
"And you do have to admit that between me and Meryl, at least we've had some victories," he joked.
Trump reportedly called Mattis "the world's most overrated general,"during a tense meeting Wednesday with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) among others. Schumer reportedly read a quote from Mattis's Sunday appearance on "Meet the Press," during which he warned that "ISIS will resurge" if the U.S. does not keep forces in northern Syria.
Trump pulled troops from the area last week.
"He wasn't tough enough," Trump reportedly said at the Wednesday meeting. "I captured ISIS. Mattis said it would take two years. I captured them in one month."
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