“Trying to divide us”: former Pentagon chief criticizes Trump for reaction to protests

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General, former U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis criticized President Donald Trump for threatening to use the military to stifle mass protests.

It is reported by the American television channel CNN.

On Wednesday, June 3, former US Secretary of Defense James Mattis criticized President Donald Trump for threatening to deploy regular troops to stifle mass protests against racism and police aggression.

According to Mattis, the president is “trying to divide” the Americans.

“Donald Trump is the first president in my life who does not try to unite the American people, does not even pretend to be. Instead, he is trying to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of deliberate efforts [in this direction]. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership, ”he said.

Recall, Mattis spent almost two years as head of the Pentagon and resigned in December 2018. On the eve of Mattis’s departure, Trump spoke about his disagreements with him and criticized the general for his position on the issue of US spending on defense of other countries.

Trump has already reacted to Mattis’s statement on Twitter. In his post, the president attempted to discredit Mattis, calling him “the most overrated general in the world.”

“Probably the only thing that unites us with Barack Obama is that we both had the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the most overrated general in the world. I asked him to resign and I am very happy about it. He had the nickname “Chaos,” which I did not like, changed to “Raging Dog”. His main strength was not military, but personal public relations. I gave him a new life, deeds, battles for victory, but he rarely “brought bacon home”. “I did not like his“ leadership ”style and much more related to him, and many others agree with this.” Glad he left! ” – wrote Trump.

"Trying to divide us": former Pentagon chief criticizes Trump for reaction to protests

As previously reported, several days ago in Minneapolis, police detained a black man. During the arrest, one of the policemen used a choking technique, stepping with a knee on the man’s neck. At the same time, the detainee, 46-year-old George Floyd, repeatedly told the white officer that he could not breathe. Due to the brutal detention, the man died. An autopsy confirmed that the cause of death was strangulation.

On May 28, mass protests broke out in the United States against racism and police aggression related to the killing of black George Floyd by white policemen. Protests continue to this day.

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