Defense Secretary James Mattis isn’t just a nightmare on the battlefield, he’s also a force to be reckoned with in the White House press room. When MSNBC reporter Hallie Jackson insinuated that President Donald Trump’s order for a military parade was stupid, the “Mad Dog” destroyed her on live television.
As Commander-in-Chief, the president has the right to order a military parade. Seeing as President Donald Trump is perhaps a greater advocate for the Armed Forces than any other president in recent memory, it should come as no surprise that he would do so. Still, the media has had a field day with the story, accusing Trump of everything from acting like a dictator to wasting taxpayer dollars.
During Wednesday’s press briefing at the White House, MSNBC reporter Hallie Jackson tried to tie budget talks to President Trump’s request for a military parade, but she was promptly destroyed by Defense Secretary James Mattis.
“Can you talk about where things are in the planning stages for the military parade the president is seeking and what any cost estimates you have at this point are?” another reporter, believed to be Catherine Lucey of the Associated Press, first asked Mattis.
“I think we’re all aware in this country of the president’s affection and respect for the military,” Mattis replied, according to BizPac Review. “We’ve been putting together some options. We’ll send them up to the White House for a decision.”
Then, Jackson followed up, feigning concern over the nation’s budget, which she never cared about at all when Barack Obama was doubling our national debt.
“I have a question about North Korea, a follow-up on Catherine’s question there,” said Jackson. “You just laid out the argument for fully funding the military, why you think every dollar counts. So why divert time, energy, financial resources to the planning of a parade, as the President has asked?”
Mattis did not mince words with his response. “Again, I think that what my responsibility is, to make certain I lay out the strategy and make the argument for the oversight of Congress to make a determination of fully funding us,” he replied. “As far as the parade goes, again, the President’s respect, his fondness for the military, I think, is reflected in him asking for these options.”
The moniker “Mad Dog” was actually bestowed upon Mattis by the press – it is not a name his close friends use to address him – so Hallie Jackson was well aware of who she was dealing with when she embarked on her bogus line of questioning about President Trump’s military parade.
Mattis earned his nickname after he made several comments which struck fear into the hearts of the fragile snowflakes in the liberal media. He explained as much during his Senate confirmation hearing:
Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis addressed his “Mad Dog” nickname at his Senate confirmation hearing for defense secretary on Thursday.
“That nickname was given to me by the press, and some of you may have experienced similar occasions with the press where perhaps they didn’t get it quite right,” Mattis said during his testimony.
Mattis acquired the nickname “Mad Dog” — a moniker that is not used by people who know him, friends say — after he made comments such as “be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet” and “a good soldier follows orders, but a true warrior wears his enemy’s skin like a poncho.” [Source: CNN]
Clearly, this is not a man you want to mess with. However, according to former Defense Secretary William Cohen, Mattis’ courage is his greatest attribute, not his formidable reputation.
“I want to say he has the nickname of ‘Mad Dog’ — it’s a misnomer. It should be ‘Braveheart’ because what really characterizes Jim Mattis is his courage,” Cohen remarked at his colleague’s confirmation hearing. “Men and women in all services love this man.”
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