Mattis Bursts into the Spotlight, Blasts ‘Slow-Learner’ Putin

Conservative Tribune | 12/2/2018 | Cillian Zeal
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In an interview with Fox News on Saturday, Defense Secretary James Mattis called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “slow learner” and claimed that the Russians had tried to interfere with the midterms last month.

According to TheBlaze, Mattis was speaking at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, where the defense secretary reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to combatting the Russians on issues of election interference.

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Mentioning the fact that former President George H.W. Bush had died the previous day — the last Cold War president — Fox News’ Bret Baier mentioned the problems with Russia — including Moscow’s decision to fire on Ukrainian ships last week and take their sailors prisoner. He asked Mattis what America could do “to deter Russia’s behavior in this environment.”

“This is a very complex situation because Mr. Putin is clearly a slow learner,” Mattis said.

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“We are dealing with someone that we simply cannot trust.”

“Has the relationship worsened since you’ve been defense secretary?” Baier asked.

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“There’s no doubt the relationship has worsened,” Mattis said.

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