Though comments veiled, Mattis repudiates former boss Trump


August 30, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Try as he might, Jim Mattis can't seem to hide his real feelings about Donald Trump - that the president is leading the world's most powerful nation down a dangerously wrong path.

Mattis, the retired Marine general who resigned as defense secretary last December in a military policy dispute with Trump, says he owes the nation public silence while his former boss remains in office. Yet the comments Mattis is making as he promotes his new book suggest a strong, if implicit, message: Trump's leadership is diminishing America.

From the day he accepted Trump's offer to lead t...

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