“By that, I mean that in our duties, we were brought up to obey the elected commander in chief, whoever that is. And we've seen, over those — since I was in the military longer than some of you have been alive, I have seen Republicans and Democrats come and go.”
Mattis said he has never registered for any political party and that he works with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in Congress to get the president’s agenda done. But speculation that the knives are out for Mattis increased in spring, when Mira Ricardel joined the National Security Council, the Washington Post reported on Monday.
In a written statement to Task & Purpose, Ricardel said, "The NSC is coordinating across government agencies to implement the President’s agenda, including with the Defense Department under the leadership of General Mattis, for whom I have great respect."
Speaking to reporters while en route to Vietnam, Mattis said the media was playing up supposed internal divisions within the Trump administration. “I realize you all write about tension between this person and that, this administration and that party, and this sort of thing.”
However, Trump raised eyebrows during an interview with “60 Minutes” that aired on Sunday, in which he said he thought Mattis leans to the left politically.
“I think that he is sort of a Democrat, if you want to know the truth,” Trump said. “But Gen. Mattis is a good guy. We get along very well.”
But former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who briefly headed Trump's transition team, told ABC News that the president was not signaling he intends to fire Mattis in the near future.
“What he was saying to him was, if you want to get out, now's the time; if you don't, stay until 2020,” Christie said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”
Mattis told reporters on Monday that he had not spoken to Trump since the “60 Minutes” interview.
“I'm on his team,” Mattis said. “We have never talked about me leaving. And as you can see right here, we're on our way. We just continue doing our job.”
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
A soldier plugs his ears during a live fire mission at Yakima Training Center. Photo: Capt. Leslie Reed/U.S. Army
A Texas veteran is suing the company he says knowingly produced and sold defective earplugs which were issued to the U.S. military, leading him and many others to develop hearing problems, including tinnitus.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — A Navy SEAL officer accused of failing to properly report alleged war crimes carried out by one of his men was arraigned on Tuesday in San Diego.
After being informed of his rights, Lt. Jacob Portier did not enter a plea or choose whether he'd ask for a jury or bench trial, since his civilian attorney has raised questions over a protective order in the case.
An AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter lands during a combined arms demonstration as part of South Carolina National Guard Air & Ground Expo 2009 at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2009. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
Welcome to Confessions Of, an occaisional series where Task & Purpose's James Clark solicits hilarious, embarrassing, and revealing stories from troops and vets about their job, billet, or a tour overseas. Are you in an interesting assignment and think you might have something to share? Email email@example.com with your story.
"Nothing is more powerful than a young boy's wish. Except an Apache helicopter. An Apache helicopter has machine guns and missiles. It is an unbelievably impressive complement of weaponry, an absolute death machine."
The Pentagon has identified a Green Beret who was killed on Tuesday by enemy small arms fire in southern Afghanistan as Staff Sgt. Joshua Z. Beale.
Beale was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, according to U.S. Army Special Operations Command. He was killed during combat operations in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.