US Ex-Defense Secretary slams Trump on handling of George Floyd protests

TEHRAN, Jun. 04 (MNA) – US Ex-Defense Secretary James Mattis ripped his former commander-in-chief Wednesday, saying in a blistering critique that Donald Trump is “the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people.”

Mattis said he has been watching Trump’s handling of the nationwide unrest following the death of George Floyd this week and said Trump “does not even pretend to try” to unite the nation as it grapples with racial injustice and police brutality, According to Anadolu Agency.

“Instead, he tries to divide us,” he said in a statement to The Atlantic magazine. “We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society.”

Mattis’ excoriation of the president marks a sharp departure from when he resigned from office over a policy dispute with Trump in late 2018, repeatedly declining to comment on a series of developments that followed his departure.

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