How Republicans responded to Mattis’ criticism of Trump (PBS Newshour)

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 03: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Former U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis visits FOX News Channel’s "The Story with Martha MacCallum" on September 03, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)

    How Republicans responded to Mattis’ criticism of Trump – By Lisa Desjardins (PBS Newshour) / June 4 2020

    Former Defense Secretary James Mattis’ sharp and open criticism of President Donald Trump this week raised broad questions for Republican members of Congress about whether they feel the president is dividing the nation.

    “Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try,” Mattis wrote in the Atlantic, calling on the country to unify despite and without the president.

    For Republicans who stopped to talk to reporters Thursday, the question of whether they supported Mattis’ view on the president revealed both concern about Trump’s leadership and support for his actions. Though, more than anything, the responses suggest Republican senators do not want to weigh in on whether Trump is dividing more than uniting.

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