Trump Assails ‘Terrible General’ Mattis, Says He Wanted to Kill Syria’s Assad But Mattis Objected

President Donald Trump assailed former Defense Secretary James Mattis as a “terrible general” who opposed the president’s desire to kill Syrian leader Bashar Assad, despite having “a shot” to do so.

“I would have rather taken him out. I had him all set. Mattis didn’t want to do it,” Trump said in a Tuesday interview on Fox & Friends. “Mattis was a highly overrated general, and I I let him go.

“He worked for Obama, and he got fired by Obama also and I thought that was maybe just a fluke, maybe they had different views and he wanted the job very badly,” Trump added. “I gave him the job. I didn’t like him, I fired him and he was a terrible — to me— he
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