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Trump claims Mattis asked for a military operation to be delayed due to an 'ammo shortage'
President Donald Trump just can't stop telling stories about former Defense Secretary James Mattis. This time, the president claims Mattis said U.S. troops were so perilously low on ammunition that it would be better to hold off launching a military operation.
"You know, when I came here, three years ago almost, Gen. Mattis told me, 'Sir, we're very low on ammunition,'" Trump recalled on Monday at the White House. "I said, 'That's a horrible thing to say.' I'm not blaming him. I'm not blaming anybody. But that's what he told me because we were in a position with a certain country, I won't say which one; we may have had conflict. And he said to me: 'Sir, if you could, delay it because we're very low on ammunition.'
"And I said: You know what, general, I never want to hear that again from another general," Trump continued. "No president should ever, ever hear that statement: 'We're low on ammunition.'"
Mattis declined to respond to the president's comments on Monday. Since he resigned in protest last year over Trump's initial decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, Mattis has steadfastly avoided criticizing the president, citing the French concept of devoir de reserve – the duty of silence.
No information was immediately available about when Mattis' conversation with Trump allegedly took place or what country the president was referring to. Trump's comments on Monday were just the latest personal attack on Mattis, who is widely revered by service members — especially Marines, who consider him a man-god.
When Mattis submitted his resignation in December, Trump was initially respectful, tweeting that Mattis would retire in February. But as media reports focused on Mattis' differences with the president, which he subtly expressed in his resignation letter, Trump became enraged and announced Mattis would leave the Pentagon on Jan. 1.
The president subsequently falsely claimed that he had fired Mattis because the U.S. military had not made adequate progress in Afghanistan.
"As you know, President Obama fired him, and essentially so did I," Trump said during his Jan. 2 cabinet meeting. "I want results."
"That's why in the letter he wrote, 'You have to have your own choice,'" Trump said in his Feb. 1 interview. "The reason he said that was because I said, 'You're just not my choice.'"
Ahead of the release of his book "Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead," Mattis wrote an essay in the Wall Street Journal last month about how he used the skills he had honed as a Marine to serve as defense secretary "for as long as I could."
"When my concrete solutions and strategic advice, especially keeping faith with our allies, no longer resonated, it was time to resign, despite the limitless joy I felt serving alongside our troops in defense of our Constitution," Mattis wrote.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars has demanded an apology from President Trump over recent comments in which he downplayed the seriousness of traumatic brain injuries suffered by American troops in an Iranian missile attack.
"The Veterans of Foreign Wars cannot stand idle on this matter," William "Doc" Schmitz, VFW National Commander, said in a statement Friday, noting TBI is a serious injury known to cause depression, memory loss, severe headaches and other symptoms in the short and long-term.
President Donald Trump tweeted out the logo for the brand-new U.S. Space Force on Friday, presenting it as a collaboration between "Great Military Leaders, designers and others."
Thing is, fans of Star Trek will find that the logo looks strikingly familiar. In fact, it looks almost exactly like the emblem of Starfleet, the uniformed space force maintained by the United Federation of Planets.
The Navy is investigating dozens of videos of service members changing in a bathroom which were then shared on the website PornHub, according to a NBC News report.
According to the report, an agent from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service found the videos on PornHub earlier this month. The videos, which have since been taken down, show civilians, sailors and Marines, some of whom have visible name tapes.
Two Army Ranger medics saved lives by taking fresh blood from uninjured soldiers in the middle of a firefight
We already knew that Army Rangers were a unique breed of badass, but performing real-time blood transfusions while under enemy fire on the battlefield takes it to an entirely new level.