Former Defense Secretary James Mattis on Thursday fired back at President Trump calling him “the world’s most overrated general” during a meeting with Congressional leaders Wednesday.
“I’m not just an overrated general. I’m the greatest, the world’s most overrated,” Mattis told the audience at the Al Smith Memorial Foundation dinner.
“I’m honored to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress. So I guess I’m the Meryl Streep of generals, and frankly that sounds pretty good to me,” Mattis continued.
“And you do have to admit that between me and Meryl, at least we’ve had some victories,” he joked.
"I’m not just an overrated general. I’m the most overrated general," Mattis says. "I'm honored to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress. So I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals, and frankly that sounds pretty good to me." pic.twitter.com/Hzpe5lUeje
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 18, 2019
Trump reportedly called Mattis “the world’s most overrated general,” during an explosive meeting Wednesday with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
“He wasn’t tough enough,” Trump reportedly said at the Wednesday meeting after Schumer read a quote from Mattis warning that “ISIS will resurge” if the U.S. does not keep forces in northern Syria. “I captured ISIS. Mattis said it would take two years. I captured them in one month.”
Trump called Streep “one of the most over-rated” actresses in Hollywood” in a tweet shortly after his election, after the actress criticized Trump in a speech at the Golden Globes.
Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017