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James Mattis finally fires back at Trump in a surprisingly funny charity speech

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Former US defense secretary James Mattis said he was honored to be the “world’s most overrated general” in a swipe at his former boss Donald Trump who insulted him earlier this week.

At a gala charity dinner in New York Thursday evening, Mattis told diners he had now “achieved greatness.”

“I’m not just an overrated general. I am the greatest, the world’s most overrated,” he said.

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“I’m honored to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress,” he said.

“So I guess I’m the Meryl Streep of generals, and frankly that sounds pretty good to me,” he said to laughter and applause at the annual Alfred E Smith Memorial Foundation dinner.

“And you do have to admit that between me and Meryl, at least we’ve had some victories.”

Trump called Mattis “the world’s most overrated general” during an acrimonious White House meeting Wednesday with top Democrats over Syria policy.

The retired Marine general said he wasn’t bothered by Trump’s comments.

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“Of course not, I earned my spurs on the battlefield… and Donald Trump earned his spurs in a letter from a doctor,” Mattis said, in a jab at the medical condition which allowed Trump to avoid the Vietnam draft.

“And I think the only person in the military that Mr Trump doesn’t think is overrated is Colonel Sanders.”

The softly spoken but battle-hardened former Marine left the administration last year, saying in his resignation letter that Trump’s worldview was irreconcilable with his own.

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“I commanded forces in Iraq and Syria and Afghanistan. I tried to bring some peace and order to places with no organized government, chaotic and warring factions, irrational fears and toxic hatred,” Mattis told diners.

“It was hard work but it wasn’t until I started working in Washington DC that I realized how easy I had it overseas in a combat zone.”

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Referring to Trump’s “Mad Dog” nickname for him, the general said he had “turned over a kinder, gentler leaf.”

“I like to think of myself as less of a mad dog and more of an emotional support animal, and that’s really great because the airlines let me fly for free.”

A year on from leaving the administration, Mattis joked: “The recovery process is going well, the counselor says I’ll graduate soon.”

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“A year, according to White House time, is about 9,000 hours of executive time or 1,800 holes of golf,” he said in another jab at the president.


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Nunes cuts off GOP lawyer when cross-examination flops as Fiona Hill outlines damning case against Trump

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) was forced to cut off the House GOP's own attorney after he gave former National Security Council official Fiona Hill an opportunity to outline the damning case against President Donald Trump.

Nunes' interruption came while attorney Steve Castor was asking questions about Hill's past interactions with European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland, whom she admits she got upset with after learning that he was working on Ukraine policy despite the fact that Ukraine isn't even a member of the EU.

"What I was angry about was that he wasn't coordinating with us," Hill said, referring to the National Security Council. "And what I realized was, listening to his deposition, that he was absolutely right. He wasn't coordinating with us because we weren't doing the same thing that he was doing."

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WATCH: Devin Nunes stunned after State Dept. official David Holmes knocks down his ‘black ledger’ conspiracy theory

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Intelligence Committee Ranking Republican Member Devin Nunes Thursday afternoon appeared stunned when he questioned a U.S. State Dept. official during the impeachment hearings and did not get the answer he anticipated.

Rep. Nunes has been spewing far right wing conspiracy theories during each impeachment hearing over the past two weeks, including the thoroughly debunked lie that Ukraine – not Russia – attacked the U.S. 2016 election.

(Earlier one of today’s witnesses, Dr. Fiona Hill, publicly lambasted the spreading of the false Ukraine conspiracy theory as she sat just feet away from Nunes. The video is here.)

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David Holmes blows up one of Trump’s key defenses in Ukraine extortion scheme

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David Holmes blew up one of the central arguments in the impeachment defense of President Donald Trump.

The president's Republican allies have argued that Ukraine was not aware that congressionally approved aid had been held up by the White House as Trump demanded an investigation of Joe Biden, but Holmes explained why that's wrong, reported the Washington Post.

Holmes, a political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, told congressional investigators that Ukrainian officials seemed to have figured out that the pause, which had been reported in late August by Politico, was related to Trump's call for an investigation.

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