Secretary of Defense Jim ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis fired-back against recent reports that claimed President Trump “refused” to hear briefings related to Russia, saying “I have no reservation” about discussing any topic with the President, nor has he seen any “pushback” from Trump while discussing Russia.
“I have no reservation nor has the president ever evidenced any pushback when I bring up Russia in a national security context”
CNN’s Brooke Baldwin commented on Mattis’ statement regarding a recent Washington Post report that falsely claimed Trump’s National Security Council had an “unspoken understanding” that topics related to Russia would not be discussed.
“Trump has never convened a Cabinet-level meeting on Russian interference or what to do about it, administration officials said. Although the issue has been discussed at lower levels at the National Security Council, one former high-ranking Trump administration official said there is an unspoken understanding within the NSC that to raise the matter is to acknowledge its validity, which the president would see as an affront,” writes the Post.
Mattis pushed back against the allegations over the weekend, saying Trump has never “evidenced” any of the behavior described by the Washington Post.
“I have no reservation nor has the president ever evidenced any pushback when I bring up Russia in a national security context … I have not seen this shyness including over at the White House,” Mattis said.
Watch Mattis’ comments below: