Mattis's military call sign was "Chaos", and the nickname "Mad Dog", which Mattis does not like, came along years before Trump became president. "Instead, he tries to divide us", Mr Mattis said.
"President Trump's walk to St. John's was confrontational, at the wrong time of day, and it distracted from his important message in the Rose Garden about our national grief, racism, peaceful protests, and lawful assembly", added Sen.
"Trump is the first President in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people - does not even pretend to try".
"I agree with him", Kelly told Anthony Scaramucci, former White House communications director.
They had gathered to demonstrate against the death of an unarmed black man in police custody in the state of Minnesota last week.
Mattis attacked Trump for his conduct in office and his order on Monday that peaceful protesters over police brutality and the killing of George Floyd be forcibly cleared so he could stage a photo op outside St John's church, near the White House. The Senator has been known to break ranks with the GOP in her voting decisions, but chose to vote to acquit Mr. Trump earlier this year, after he was impeached by the House of Representatives.
But after Mattis' rebuke, Portman was more willing to discuss Trump's handling of the protests.
His comments follow denunciations by other retired top brass, including Navy admiral Mike Mullen and retired Army general Martin Dempsey, both former chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. An official said Esper agreed to leave the soldiers in place for at least another 24 hours, and he decided Thursday that they could be returned to Fort Bragg.
"I was outraged that he felt that he had the license to do that, and that he would abuse our sacred symbols and our sacred space in that way", she said. "Earlier in the week there were bricks thrown at their vehicles, and they responded with restraint and they respected the rights of protesters but were also able to identify criminal activity that was happening", Shea said of his agents.
Donald Trump's photo opportunity at a church has been compared to Winston Churchill's leadership during the Blitz by the White House press secretary.
Meanwhile, Mayor Muriel Bowser has called on Trump to "withdraw all extraordinary federal law enforcement and military presence from our city". He said the Insurrection Act of 1807 should be invoked "only in the most urgent...of situations".
However, Mr Mattis's 640-word statement, which saw him argue Mr Trump was the only American president in history who tried to divide rather than unite the country, was backed by one of the party's prominent moderates. "If needed, he will use it", McEnany said Wednesday. Ashley Thompson was the editor.
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