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#SecDef Mattis to US troops: 'Hold the line,' illustrate selflessness and respect

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Jim Mattis acknowledged “problems” now plaguing the United States in recent off-the-cuff remarks to deployed American troops, urging them to illustrate selflessness and respect for the rest of the nation. “You’re a great example for our country right now that’s got some problems – you know it and I know it,” Mattis told an impromptu gathering of servicemembers at an undisclosed location during his trip last week to the Middle East and Ukraine. “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. He joked the group, which appeared to include soldiers and sailors, “ambushed” him. Mattis, a ret...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/mattis-to-us-troops-hold-the...

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