Chris Wallace Grills Mulvaney on Mattis, McGurk Resignations: Who is Trump Listening To?
Fox News anchor Chris Wallace confronted incoming acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Sunday over President Donald Trump‘s “dramatic decision” to withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan.
Wallace asked Mulvaney on the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis, who outlined his differences with the president in his exit letter.
“My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion in these issues,” Mattis wrote. “Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position.”
“He clearly doesn’t think the president feels the same way,” Wallace noted. The Fox News anchor also asked Trump about the resignation of top ISIS envoy Brett McGurk, who also quit “because he disagreed so strongly” with Trump’s Syria decision, Wallace said.
In a tweet on Saturday, Trump claimed he didn’t know McGurk:
Brett McGurk, who I do not know, was appointed by President Obama in 2015. Was supposed to leave in February but he just resigned prior to leaving. Grandstander? The Fake News is making such a big deal about this nothing event!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2018
“How is it possible that the president doesn’t know the envoy who has been representing the U.S. to the coalition for the last two years?” Wallace asked, something that came up in other Mulvaney interviews Sunday as well.
“I think that’s easy,” Mulvaney replied. “Because the president is dealing with the secretary of state and the secretary of defense.
“He went against the recommendations of Mattis, McGurk, Dunford, the chairman of the joint chiefs, apparently Pompeo and Bolton,” Wallace said. “Who is he listening to?”
“The president listens to a bunch of different people,” Mulvaney said.
“That’s his national security team!” Wallace fired back.
“Including the people that live here, ordinary Americans,” Mulvaney replied.
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