Defense Secretary James Mattis dropped a major bombshell into an already frantic Washington, D.C., this week by officially resigning in protest from the Trump administration.
In his resignation letter, he drew clear distinctions between his and President Donald Trump’s value systems and views of foreign policy. He pointed out that he values cultivating beneficial alliances with our international allies and standing up to authoritarian governments that oppose American interests like Russia and China. Trump, Mattis said, has different values.
While the letter — which notably left out any praise for Trump — was widely praised by pundits, analysts, and reporters, Trump was not a fan of it.
“He hates that letter,” reporter CNN’s Jim Acosta, citing a source close to the White House.
He continued: “But he ‘hates the coverage even more,’ because he does not like this conventional wisdom, and we heard it all last night after the defense secretary’s letter was read publicly on the air, that essentially Jim Mattis — as well as other long-serving members of this administration, people who have been in Washington a long time, people like Chief of Staff John Kelly and so on — that they were sort of the ‘adults in the room’ along with Jim Mattis who were there to keep the president from going overboard. To be a check on his impulses.”
He continued: “And so the president, once again, irritated by this notion here in Washington that he is sometimes in need of adult daycare.”
Watch the clip below:
“I’m told by a source close to the White House, an adviser who advises the President occasionally, that he hates that letter,” @Acosta reports on Trump’s reaction to James Mattis’ resignation letter. https://t.co/oXilF0vV9h pic.twitter.com/ftxUGono9v
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) December 21, 2018
‘Stand with Hong Kong’ shirts fill the stands at Nets game as NBA is protested for China subservience
The National Basketball Association was protested on Friday for bowing to pressure from China.
The NBA has been harshly criticized for standing by the oppressive regime instead of standing in solidarity with the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
"Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets to tonight's Nets vs Raptors game and is hosting hundreds of Chinese pro-Democracy activists to protest the NBA," New York magazine correspondent Yashar Ali reported Friday. "They're all wearing 'Stand With Hong Kong' T-shirts."
Photos from the protest:
1. Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets to tonight's Nets vs Raptors game and is hosting hundreds of Chinese pro-Democracy activists to protest the NBA.
Trump polling close friends over whether he should fire Mulvaney: report
President Donald Trump is considering firing Mick Mulvaney, his acting White House chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget, The Atlantic reported Friday.
"Mick Mulvaney's job was in danger even before his disastrous press conference yesterday, and his equally disastrous attempt to walk that performance back," The Atlantic reported. "The fumble could not have been more poorly timed: According to multiple current and former White House officials, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to relay private conversations, Trump has been steadily souring on Mulvaney for weeks."
Michael Moore predicts Mick Mulvaney will get into Heaven after confessing Trump’s quid pro quo
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore predicted acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will ascend to Heaven in the afterlife during a Friday interview on MSNBC's "The Beat" with Ari Melber.
The host played a clip of Mulvaney admitting Trump's quid pro quo while seeking foreign election assistance from Ukraine.
"This man obviously is going to be admitted into Heaven," Moore said. "You know, he told the truth."
"If there was a movie version of this, somebody stuck him with a needle just before he walked out onto the stage there, a truth serum needle, and he just went on and on saying, 'Yeah, that’s what we do. Yeah, of course.' Essentially admitting there is a quid pro quo. In fact, there are many quid pro quos."