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Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis Throws President Trump to the Wolves in New Book

Trump once called Mattis “sort of a Democrat” before he resigned his position.

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Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis left his post in the administration last year, in opposition to President Donald Trump announcing a troop withdrawal from Syria, and he is blistering his former boss in his new book.

“I did as well as I could for as long as I could,” Mattis writes in his upcoming book, “Call Sign Chaos,” excerpts of which were published in The Wall Street Journal this morning. “When my concrete solutions and strategic advice, especially keeping faith with our allies, no longer resonated, it was time to resign.”

“All Americans need to recognize that our democracy is an experiment and one that can be reversed. We all know that we are better than our current politics,” Mattis writes in another veiled jab toward the President.

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Mattis criticized Trump for not being sufficiently interventionist throughout the world, as he believes that an “America First” philosophy is insufficient for the modern world.

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“A leader must display strategic acumen that incorporates respect for those nations that have stood with us when trouble loomed. Returning to a strategic stance that includes the interests of as many nations as we can make common cause with, we can better deal with this imperfect world we occupy together,” Mattis writes.

Mattis’ writings make it more obvious why President Trump once referred to him as “sort of a Democrat” before he left the administration, which puzzled many of his right-wing supporters who bought into his tough-as-nails “Mad Dog” persona.

“I think he’s sort of a Democrat, if you want to know the truth. But General Mattis is a good guy. We get along very well. He may leave. I mean, at some point, everybody leaves. Everybody. People leave. That’s Washington,” Trump said of Mattis shortly before his departure.

In addition to opposing President Trump’s plans to remove troops from the Middle East, Mattis also fought to stop the President’s proposed ban on transgender personnel serving in the military. Mattis also reportedly plotted a possible GOP primary challenge against President Trump in 2020 for a time before ultimately deciding against it.

“My purpose in writing this book, is to convey the lessons I learned for those who might benefit, whether in the military or in civilian life,” Mattis writes.

While Mattis may have an exemplary record serving his country, his politics were out of step with Trump’s “America First” mandate, and the excerpts from his upcoming book only make that fact abundantly clear.

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President Trump’s Approval Rating Soars as the Public Increasingly Supports His Coronavirus Response

The public supports Trump’s crisis response.

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A Gallup poll has shown that President Trump’s approval rating has jumped to 49 percent as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

His approval rating has jumped five points in the past month. This matches his all-time high, which was previously achieved in late January and early February. Ninety-two percent of Republicans support the President, while 43 percent of independents and 13 percent of Democrats approve of Trump.

Americans also approve of the way President Trump has handled the coronavirus pandemic. Sixty percent of Americans support Trump’s disaster response while 38 percent of Americans disapprove. Ninety-four percent of Republicans support his response, while 60 percent of independents and 27 percent of Democrats support how Trump has handled coronavirus.

“The Trump administration has received some criticism for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic — including that the president downplayed the threat, at least up until his nationally televised address on March 11,” Gallup noted in their report.

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“On March 16, Trump acknowledged the seriousness of the situation by urging people to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people and to have workers and students stay home if possible. The administration has had daily press conferences since then to update the nation on what the federal government is doing to address the situation,” they added.

It is not uncommon for an incumbent president to gain in popularity during a crisis, as every commander-in-chief in office during a serious threat has gained support from the public as a result.

“Historically, presidential job approval has increased when the nation is under threat. Every president from Franklin Roosevelt through George W. Bush saw their approval rating surge at least 10 points after a significant national event of this kind. Bush’s 35-point increase after 9/11 is the most notable rally effect on record,” Gallup noted.

Although he is peaking right now, President Trump has consistently shown strength in various polls for many months as the public realizes the fake news is lying about his administration:

New polling from Quinnipiac released Thursday shows President Donald Trump handily defeating every major Democratic presidential candidate in hypothetical general election matchups…

Well-known Democrats Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are the most competitive candidates against Trump in the Wisconsin general election, and even they lose by a considerable seven points to the incumbent Republican president.

Even Pete Buttigieg, an Indiana mayor who claims to have a credible path to victory in midwestern states the President grabbed from the Democratic Party in 2016, appears nowhere near seriously competing in the state.

The polling suggests Democrats will have a serious uphill battle in order to contend for the electoral votes of midwestern states such as Wisconsin, in 2020 or other future Presidential elections.

President Trump’s polling in statewide and national surveys has consistently improved as the Democratic Primary erupts in contention, suggesting that the divisions within the Democratic Party may bode well for his re-election.

The state was formerly assumed to be a safe blue state, before Trump won its electoral votes in a shocking upset in 2016. Pennsylvania and Michigan also went Republican for the first time in decades in Trump’s victory, and will prove essential to the election in 2020. Polling of the latter two states shows closer general election contests than in Wisconsin.

President Trump is showing his leadership bona fides during the crisis, and the public is thrilled with the way he is handling the coronavirus pandemic.

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