'Piece of Limelight': Trump Insists He Did Fire Mattis, Hits Back at Ex-Chief of Staff

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In a series of tweets, US President Donald Trump has responded to his former Chief of Staff, John Kelly, who earlier claimed that Trump “did not fire” ex-Defence Secretary James Mattis, since he never “asked for his resignation”.

President slammed Kelly’s claims, insisting that he “did fire” Mattis and outlining that Kelly had “no knowledge” about Trump asking Mattis to resign because he was not part of POTUS’ inner circle.

​The squabble has unfolded, sparked by the condemning statement released by Mattis, in which he denounced Trump’s response to the ongoing protests over George Floyd’s death, claiming that the President urged the US military to violate the constitutional rights of the Americans. He also accused Trump in trying to turn the American citizens against each other. 

Trumps shot back on the statement, saying that the “honor of firing the world’s most overrated General” was probably the only thing that he had in common with former US President Barack Obama and noting that he was “glad” that Mattis was gone.

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