Washington: Former Pentagon CEO Jim Mattis issued a severe condemnation of former boss Donald Trump on Wednesday, accusing the president of trying to “divide” the United States and protesting in the country And when it came back, it failed to provide “mature leadership.”
Mattis, who resigned in December 2018 over Trump s ordering of a full troop withdrawal from Syria, also voiced support for the demonstrators whose anti-racism rallies have roiled the country.
“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try,” Mattis wrote in a blistering statement posted online by The Atlantic.
“Instead, he tries to divide us,” continues the retired Marine general, who had previously argued it would be inappropriate for him to criticize a sitting president.
“We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership,” he stated.
Mattis called himself “angry and shocked” after witnessing the incident last week, which showed Trump threatened to suppress the military because national protests became violent in some cities.
On May 25, George Floyd was killed and the black man angered the black man. George Floyd died under the knee of a white police officer. The suffocating death was photographed by bystanders and spread quickly.
The demonstrations were mostly peaceful, but as night fell, some demonstrations evolved into violence and robbery.
Mattis wrote that the protesters’ call for equality and justice is “a requirement that is both healthy and unified—all of us should be able to lag behind this requirement”.
He slammed Monday’s decision to use force to clear peaceful demonstrators near the White House, allowing Trump to pose for photos in nearby churches.
Photography has become a lightning rod for criticizing Trump’s handling of the crisis. Religious leaders, politicians and onlookers across the country expressed their indignation.
“When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution,” Mattis states.
“Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens — much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.”