George Floyd death: Trump ex-defence chief Mattis attacks president

  04 June 2020    Read: 962
George Floyd death: Trump ex-defence chief Mattis attacks president

Ex-US Defence Secretary James Mattis has denounced President Donald Trump, saying he deliberately stokes division, BBC reported.

He said he was "angry and appalled" by Mr Trump's handling of ongoing protests over the death of African American George Floyd at the hands of police.

Mr Mattis berated Mr Trump's "abuse of authority" - and backed protesters seeking to uphold American values, as did ex-President Barack Obama.

Mr Trump has described Mr Mattis repeatedly as an "overrated general".

Mr Mattis quit in 2018 after Mr Trump decided to pull US troops out of Syria.

He has remained mostly silent since then, until his rebuke of the Trump administration was published in The Atlantic magazine on Wednesday.


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