Former chief-of-staff Gen. John Kelly fact-checked Donald Trump after the president lashed out at former Defense Secretary Gen. Jim Mattis on Twitter.
Trump’s attack came after Mattis called his presidency “a threat to the Constitution.”
“Probably the only thing Barack Obama and I have in common is that we both had the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the world’s most overrated General,” tweeted Trump on Wednesday. “I asked for his letter of resignation, and felt great about it. His nickname was ‘Chaos’, which I didn’t like, and changed to ‘Mad Dog.’”
Probably the only thing Barack Obama & I have in common is that we both had the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the world’s most overrated General. I asked for his letter of resignation, & felt great about it. His nickname was “Chaos”, which I didn’t like, & changed to “Mad Dog”…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2020
Kelly then went on to remind Trump how things actually happened.
“The president did not fire him. He did not ask for his resignation,” Kelly said in an interview, according to Axios. “The president has clearly forgotten how it actually happened or is confused. The president tweeted a very positive tweet about Jim until he started to see on Fox News their interpretation of his letter. Then he got nasty. Jim Mattis is a honorable man.”