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Kellyanne Conway’s Husband: Mattis Had ‘Not A Word Of Praise’ For Trump In Resignation Letter


Kellyanne Conway’s Husband: Mattis Had ‘Not A Word Of Praise’ For Trump In Resignation Letter

George Conway, a lawyer and frequent President Trump critic who’s married to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, said it “speaks volumes” that Defense Secretary James Mattis had nothing nice to say about Trump in his resignation letter.

Mattis announced on Thursday that he would resign because the president deserved a secretary “whose views are better aligned with yours.”

“No pro forma ‘it has been a privilege to have worked with you to [something],’ or formulaic ‘I am proud that we were able to [fill in here]’—or even the usually obligatory ‘thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve,’” Conway noted.

The nicest line in the letter was the opening, “Dear Mr. President,” he added.

New York Magazine correspondent Rob Tannenbaum noted: “Also no ‘Respectfully yours’ or any other polite valediction. A clear indication of disgust.”

“My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion on these issues,” Mattis said in the letter. Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position.”

The announcement came less than a day after Trump said the U.S. would be withdrawing its troops from Syria, a move that was met with opposition by Pentagon officials and members of the foreign policy establishment.

Mattis’s letter was released by the Pentagon minutes after Trump said on Twitter that the secretary was “retiring.”

“General Jim Mattis will be retiring, with distinction, at the end of February, after having served my administration as Secretary of Defense for the past two years,” Trump tweeted.

“During Jim’s tenure, tremendous progress has been made, especially with respect to the purchase of new fighting equipment,” Trump tweeted. “General Mattis was a great help to me in getting allies and other countries to pay their share of military obligations. A new Secretary of Defense will be named shortly. I greatly thank Jim for his service!”


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