Intimidating remarks

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He joked the group, which appeared to include soldiers and sailors, “ambushed” him. moments Facebook page, Mattis tells the troops that he only returned to the Pentagon because it was an opportunity to serve alongside them.Mattis, a retired, four-star Marine general, regularly meets with small groups of troops during his trips oversees, typically out of view of the media. The video was likely shot at a base in Jordan, a defense official said. Mattis did not cite any specific event or issue in his remarks.

“She has thick arms and thick legs and is so intimidating and strong.

“It’s got problems that we don’t have in the military, and you just hold the line my fine young soldiers, sailors, airmen [and] Marines.

Just hold the line until our country gets back to understanding and respecting each other and showing it.” It was not clear whether Mattis was aware he was being recorded.

Pentagon officials close to Mattis have said the defense secretary is energized by such meetings but prefers they remain private. A Pentagon spokesman on Monday said the secretary’s remarks were not necessarily a commentary on recent political or racial tensions in the United States. Rob Manning, a spokesman for Mattis, who added the secretary had previously made similar comments in public.

“When he referred to holding the line, what I interpreted from that is that he is speaking to the stability that the U. In the video, Mattis told the servicemembers – calling them “tough hombres” – that the United States has traditionally held two major powers: to inspire and to intimidate.

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