Trump allegedly read the letter before praising the secretary’s work and dedication to the United States, but once cable news began reporting the letter’s contents, he turned to rage. A Twitter-rant quickly followed.
It’s led many pundits and activists online to wonder if the president was smart enough to understand what Mattis was saying in his two-page letter.
CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins was among the first to comment it seemed Trump didn’t really read the letter.
“The more you read Mattis’s resignation letter, the clearer it becomes that Trump had not read it before he sent his tweet,” she tweeted Thursday.
The more you read Mattis’s resignation letter, the clearer it becomes that Trump had not read it before he sent his tweet.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) December 21, 2018
“Trump is clearly kicking Mattis out early because he’s just now realizing that Mattis’s resignation letter was a rebuke of his Presidency,” tweeted draft Beto chief Nate Lerner. “It took him 3 days to figure that out.”
Trump is clearly kicking Mattis out early because he’s just now realizing that Mattis’s resignation letter was a rebuke of his Presidency.
It took him 3 days to figure that out.
— Nate Lerner (@NathanLerner) December 23, 2018
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Mattis cleverly concealed his critiques of Trump for several days by encrypting them in complete sentences. https://t.co/ZylaPdASLw
— LOLGOP👀 (@LOLGOP) December 23, 2018
Trump, who at first did not seem to realize the rebuke in Mattis’ resignation letter, is now pushing the defense secretary out two months before his departure date https://t.co/outDczfefy
— Vera Bergengruen (@VeraMBergen) December 23, 2018
He. Can't. Read.
— Dianna Donnelly (@FinallyInspired) December 23, 2018
He can’t comprehend adult writing… He needs pictures!!!🙄
— LUIS (@l_garr13) December 23, 2018
Reading and comprehension are two different things
— mona berrier (@BerrierMona) December 23, 2018
This is embarrassing.
— wanderlust (@wanderl71108724) December 23, 2018
— Patty Shenker (@Pattyshenker) December 23, 2018
Gen Mattis is way too professional, diplomatic and a gentleman to insert a photo with him flipping the bird at him. This Pres. is the SHAME of 330 million ppl. My Lord…Republican Senators are all Tiny Tims.
— A Canadian View From Above (@majicmahon) December 23, 2018
Trump speeds up Mattis’s departure significantly. Aides say he had not realized how critical the defense secretary’s resignation letter was until coverage started playing out on television. https://t.co/PdTaUUaFnj
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) December 23, 2018
It speaks volumes that Trump had read Mattis’ resignation letter before praising him last week. He couldn’t even understand the rebuke. When cable news explained it to him, he fired Mattis. pic.twitter.com/knaSnojWRb
— Ned Price (@nedprice) December 23, 2018
Hooked on Phonics
— JackBell (@JackBell) December 23, 2018
No actually he was waiting for Fox News to advise him as to his to handle it
— Vicki Hampton (@VickiHa03621247) December 23, 2018
— Tim (@DarthTJ) December 23, 2018
Someone probably finally read him his resignation letter. I wonder if all of Fox did what Hannity did and only quoted the positive short bit and pretended the rest of the letter didnt exist.
— John (@TheUnshyShy) December 23, 2018
Did someone translate the resignation letter to a simpler language? https://t.co/glFVTQe8mr
— Sia Sharif (@siasharif918) December 23, 2018
Someone must've told you about the letter of resignation bc we all know you don't read!#TrumpResign
— CynicalChild66 (@efrivera1966) December 23, 2018
If it doesn’t have pop-ups how can anyone expect our president to know what any writing means? Trump claimed he read James Mattis' resignation letter — but didn't know it was critical of him until he saw it on TV: report https://t.co/VHjscoUEol
— J Michael (@JMichael4620) December 23, 2018