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Mattis Says Hell No To Trump Aides Who Want Him To Go On ‘Fox & Friends’
Fox & Friends has had a string of interviews with high-profile figures close to President Donald Trump, who frequently tweets directly to the show. But there’s at least one person in Trump’s administration who seems reticent to go on the morning TV program: Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
As the top dog in the Defense Department, Mattis has taken an apolitical stance, carefully sidestepping requests from Trump staffers, according to the New York Times. Those close to Mattis say he’s repeatedly turned down repeated offers from Trump’s aides who have called the Pentagon weekly, asking the Pentagon chief to appear on Fox & Friends, according to the New York Times.
Mattis has a well-documented history of saying exactly what he thinks, whenever he wants, a trend which has its own name: Mattisms.
But as secretary of defense, the retired career Marine has taken a more cautious approach, picking and choosing his media appearances with care, like that time he was the subject of a feature spread in The New Yorker, or when he did a lengthy one-on-one interview with CBS’ Face The Nation in May.
In order to avoid being drawn into politics, Mattis has even limited the number of public briefings he’s conducted at the Pentagon since taking over the post, "appearing behind the lectern" in the briefing room only twice, according to the Times.
There’s a string of other sticky issues which have put the Pentagon and the White House at odds with each other, from Qatar — which the president accused of sponsoring terrorism — to climate change, which the Pentagon sees as a national security concern.
Mattis’ decision to eschew the “political” has fueled speculation that he’s distancing himself from the Trump administration, but the Defense Department head has a track record of sidestepping political landmines.
Mattis has long been a proponent of the military as an apolitical institution, telling Task & Purpose in September 2016 that that when the military begins taking sides along political lines, it erodes trust between the services, their civilian leaders, and American citizens.
“There’s got to be an openness and a trusted dialogue where motives are not suspect and the gap does not create alienation between our political leadership and our military, and certainly not between our citizenry and the military.”
It didn't take long for a central theme to emerge at the funeral of U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Livermore, an event attended by hundreds of area residents Friday at Union Cemetery in Bakersfield.
It's a theme that stems from a widespread local belief that the men and women who have served in the nation's armed forces are held in particularly high esteem here in the southern valley.
"In Bakersfield and Kern County, we celebrate our veterans like no place else on Earth," Bakersfield Chief of Police Lyle Martin told the gathering of mourners.
ROCKFORD — Delta Force sniper Sgt. First Class James P. McMahon's face was so badly battered and cut, "he looked like he was wearing a fright mask" as he stood atop a downed Black Hawk helicopter and pulled free the body of a fellow soldier from the wreckage.
That's the first description of McMahon in the book by journalist Mark Bowden called "Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War." It is a detailed account of the horrific Battle of the Black Sea fought in the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, in October 1993. It claimed the lives of 18 elite American soldiers.
Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher will retire as a chief petty officer now that President Donald Trump has restored his rank.
"Before the prosecution of Special Warfare Operator First Class Edward Gallagher, he had been selected for promotion to Senior Chief, awarded a Bronze Star with a "V" for valor, and assigned to an important position in the Navy as an instructor," a White House statement said.
"Though ultimately acquitted on all of the most serious charges, he was stripped of these honors as he awaited his trial and its outcome. Given his service to our Nation, a promotion back to the rank and pay grade of Chief Petty Officer is justified."
The announcement that Gallagher is once again an E-7 effectively nullifies the Navy's entire effort to prosecute Gallagher for allegedly committing war crimes. It is also the culmination of Trump's support for the SEAL throughout the legal process.
On July 2, military jurors found Gallagher not guilty of premeditated murder and attempted murder for allegedly stabbing a wounded ISIS fighter to death and opening fire at an old man and a young girl on separate occasions during his 2017 deployment to Iraq.