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'The president did not fire him': Trump's former chief of staff John Kelly defends Mattis after Twitter attacks

U.S. President Donald Trump (C), White House chief of staff John Kelly (R) and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis attend a briefing with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White HousePhoto by Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images
  • President Donald Trump's former White House chief of staff John Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, defended former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis Thursday after Trump blasted Mattis on Twitter Wednesday night.
  • Trump claimed that he fired Mattis and asked for his resignation, two points that Kelly rejected in an interview with The Washington Post, during which he suggested the president might be "confused" and called Mattis an "honorable man."
  • The president's tweets criticizing Mattis followed a scathing statement by Mattis earlier Wednesday accusing Trump of dividing the nation in a time of unrest.
  • Hours after Kelly's comments to The Post, Trump hit back at his former chief of staff on Twitter, saying he would not know about Trump's interactions with Mattis.
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President Donald Trump's former White House chief of staff John Kelly defended former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on Thursday, calling him an "honorable man" and rejecting the president's claim that he fired the retired Marine Corps general.
"The president did not fire him. He did not ask for his resignation," Kelly, also a retired Marine Corps general, told The Washington Post Thursday.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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