Atlantic: Mattis Found Trump To Be Of Limited Cognitive Ability, Dubious Behavior | Hardball | MSNBC

Atlantic: Mattis Found Trump To Be Of Limited Cognitive Ability, Dubious Behavior | Hardball | MSNBC


>>>WELCOME BACK TO “HARDBALL.”>>>WELCOME BACK TO “HARDBALL.” RETIRED FOUR STAR GENERAL AND RETIRED FOUR STAR GENERAL AND FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE JAMES MATTIS IS BREAKING HIS JAMES MATTIS IS BREAKING HIS SILENCE AND SHARING SOME OF HIS SILENCE AND SHARING SOME OF HIS THOUGHTS ON THE TRUMP THOUGHTS ON THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. ADMINISTRATION. IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE ATLANTIC, HE SAYS HE HAD NO ATLANTIC, HE SAYS HE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO LEAVE THE CHOICE BUT TO LEAVE THE ADMINISTRATION BECAUSE HE JUST ADMINISTRATION BECAUSE HE JUST COULDN’T CONNECT THE DOTS COULDN’T CONNECT THE DOTS ANYMORE. ANYMORE. PRIVATELY, ACCORDING TO FRIENDS PRIVATELY, ACCORDING TO FRIENDS AND AIDES WHO SPOKE TO THE AND AIDES WHO SPOKE TO THE ATLANTIC, IT WENT MUCH DEEPER ATLANTIC, IT WENT MUCH DEEPER THAN THAT. THAN THAT. THEY SAY MATTIS FOUND THE THEY SAY MATTIS FOUND THE PRESIDENT TO BE OF LIMITED PRESIDENT TO BE OF LIMITED COGNITIVE ABILITY AND OF COGNITIVE ABILITY AND OF GENERALLY DUBIOUS CHARACTER. GENERALLY DUBIOUS CHARACTER. WE’RE GOING TO PUT THOSE TWO WE’RE GOING TO PUT THOSE TWO THOUGHTS TOGETHER. THOUGHTS TOGETHER. LACKING IN COGNITIVE ABILITY AND LACKING IN COGNITIVE ABILITY AND A CHARACTER PROBLEM. A CHARACTER PROBLEM. WOW. WOW. MATTIS’ PUBLIC CRITICISM COMES MATTIS’ PUBLIC CRITICISM COMES ON THE HEELS OF A PARTICULARLY ON THE HEELS OF A PARTICULARLY FRENETIC TWO-WEEK PERIOD WITH FRENETIC TWO-WEEK PERIOD WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP, WHO REFERRED TO PRESIDENT TRUMP, WHO REFERRED TO HIMSELF AS THE CHOSEN ONE AND HIMSELF AS THE CHOSEN ONE AND CANCELED A TRIP TO DENMARK CANCELED A TRIP TO DENMARK BECAUSE THEY REFUSED, THAT BECAUSE THEY REFUSED, THAT COUNTRY REFUSED TO SELL HIM COUNTRY REFUSED TO SELL HIM GREENLAND, AN ISLAND THAT WAS GREENLAND, AN ISLAND THAT WAS NOT FOR SALE. NOT FOR SALE. THE FORMER DEFENSE SECRETARY THE FORMER DEFENSE SECRETARY JOINS A NUMBER OF FORMER JOINS A NUMBER OF FORMER ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS CALLING ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS CALLING THE ADULTS IN THE ROOM WHO AS THE ADULTS IN THE ROOM WHO AS PRIVATE CITIZENS HAVE BEEN PRIVATE CITIZENS HAVE BEEN CRITICAL OF THE PRESIDENT’S CRITICAL OF THE PRESIDENT’S GOVERNING SKILLS. GOVERNING SKILLS. TAKE A LOOK. TAKE A LOOK.>>I THINK PART OF IT WAS>>I THINK PART OF IT WAS OBVIOUSLY WE ARE STARKLY OBVIOUSLY WE ARE STARKLY DIFFERENT IN OUR STYLES. DIFFERENT IN OUR STYLES. WE DID NOT HAVE A COMMON VALUE WE DID NOT HAVE A COMMON VALUE SYSTEM. SYSTEM. WHEN THE PRESIDENT WOULD SAY WHEN THE PRESIDENT WOULD SAY WELL, HERE’S WHAT I WANT TO DO WELL, HERE’S WHAT I WANT TO DO AND HERE’S HOW I WANT TO DO IT, AND HERE’S HOW I WANT TO DO IT, AND I’D HAVE TO SAY TO HIM, AND I’D HAVE TO SAY TO HIM, WELL, MR. PRESIDENT, I WELL, MR. PRESIDENT, I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU WANT TO DO, UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU WANT TO DO, BUT YOU CAN’T DO IT THAT WAY. BUT YOU CAN’T DO IT THAT WAY. IT VIOLATES THE LAW. IT VIOLATES THE LAW. IT VIOLATES TREATY, YOU KNOW. IT VIOLATES TREATY, YOU KNOW. HE GOT REALLY FRUSTRATED. HE GOT REALLY FRUSTRATED.>>WHEN THE PROCESS BREAKS DOWN,>>WHEN THE PROCESS BREAKS DOWN, THEN YOU’RE SORT OF IN MY MIND THEN YOU’RE SORT OF IN MY MIND LIVING IN CHAOS. LIVING IN CHAOS. I DON’T WANT TO LIVE IN A I DON’T WANT TO LIVE IN A CHAOTIC ORGANIZATION. CHAOTIC ORGANIZATION.>>WELL, GENERAL MANAGER>>WELL, GENERAL MANAGER RESIGNED IN PROTEST AFTER RESIGNED IN PROTEST AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP ANNOUNCED THE PRESIDENT TRUMP ANNOUNCED THE COMPLETE WITHDRAWAL OF U.S. COMPLETE WITHDRAWAL OF U.S. TROOPS IN SYRIA, A MOVE HE WOULD TROOPS IN SYRIA, A MOVE HE WOULD LATER RESCIND. LATER RESCIND. ACCORDING TO AN INTERVIEW, ACCORDING TO AN INTERVIEW, MATTIS OBJECTED SAYING YOU’RE MATTIS OBJECTED SAYING YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO GET THE NEXT GOING TO HAVE TO GET THE NEXT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE TO LOSE TO SECRETARY OF DEFENSE TO LOSE TO ISIS. ISIS. I’M NOT GOING DO IT. I’M NOT GOING DO IT. JOINED BY CHARLIE SYKES, JOINED BY CHARLIE SYKES, DISTINGUISHED FELLOW AT DEMOS, DISTINGUISHED FELLOW AT DEMOS, AND HEIDI PRZYBYLA, NBC NEWS AND HEIDI PRZYBYLA, NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT. CORRESPONDENT. I WANT TO START WITH HEIDI ON I WANT TO START WITH HEIDI ON THIS. THIS. AND MY QUESTION IS IT DOES SEEM AND MY QUESTION IS IT DOES SEEM THE ADULTS LEAVE, AND THEY LEAVE THE ADULTS LEAVE, AND THEY LEAVE BEHIND CIRCUMSPECT BUT BEHIND CIRCUMSPECT BUT RECOGNIZABLE PROBLEMS. RECOGNIZABLE PROBLEMS. THEY DO SAY THINGS LIKE, WELL, THEY DO SAY THINGS LIKE, WELL, COGNITIVE ABILITY IS WHAT YOU COGNITIVE ABILITY IS WHAT YOU TALK ABOUT IN A PERSON BEING TALK ABOUT IN A PERSON BEING STUDIED FOR DEMENTIA. STUDIED FOR DEMENTIA. IT’S A SERIOUS PROBLEM. IT’S A SERIOUS PROBLEM. DO YOU RECOGNIZE REALITY? DO YOU RECOGNIZE REALITY? WHAT DAY IS IT, SIR. WHAT DAY IS IT, SIR. THAT KIND OF THINGS. THAT KIND OF THINGS.>>OKAY.>>OKAY. BUT THOSE THINGS ARE THE KIND OF BUT THOSE THINGS ARE THE KIND OF THINGS BEING SAID OFF THE THINGS BEING SAID OFF THE RECORD. RECORD. THEY ARE NOT COMING OUT TO THE THEY ARE NOT COMING OUT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND HITTING THEM AMERICAN PEOPLE AND HITTING THEM OVER THE HEAD. OVER THE HEAD. WE HAVE NOT SEEN THAT THE WE HAVE NOT SEEN THAT THE QUESTION NOW, EVEN WITH MATTIS, QUESTION NOW, EVEN WITH MATTIS, AND EVEN WITH IN HIS BOOK, THE AND EVEN WITH IN HIS BOOK, THE FURTHEST HE GOES IS REALLY NOT FURTHEST HE GOES IS REALLY NOT THAT FAR. THAT FAR. HE JUST SUGGESTS THAT HE COULD HE JUST SUGGESTS THAT HE COULD NO LONGER TAKE IT. NO LONGER TAKE IT. HE DOESN’T SPEAK IN DETAIL ABOUT HE DOESN’T SPEAK IN DETAIL ABOUT IT. IT. SO THE QUESTION IS WHETHER ALL SO THE QUESTION IS WHETHER ALL OF THESE OFFICIALS WHO WERE OF THESE OFFICIALS WHO WERE SUPPOSED TO BE ADULTS WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO BE ADULTS WHO ARE NOW GONE LIKE McMASTER, LIKE NOW GONE LIKE McMASTER, LIKE TILLERSON, JOHN KELLY, ARE GOING TILLERSON, JOHN KELLY, ARE GOING TO HOLD HANDS TOGETHER AND COME TO HOLD HANDS TOGETHER AND COME OUT AND GIVE US MORE SPECIFICS OUT AND GIVE US MORE SPECIFICS OF WHAT THEY WITNESSED OF WHAT THEY WITNESSED SPECIFICALLY ABOUT HIS COGNITIVE SPECIFICALLY ABOUT HIS COGNITIVE ABILITIES OR SPECIFICALLY ABOUT ABILITIES OR SPECIFICALLY ABOUT REALLY SCARY SITUATIONS THAT REALLY SCARY SITUATIONS THAT THEY MAY HAVE WITNESSED THE THEY MAY HAVE WITNESSED THE PRESIDENT IN HIS JUDGMENT. PRESIDENT IN HIS JUDGMENT.>>HEATHER, IT SEEMS LIKE WHAT’S>>HEATHER, IT SEEMS LIKE WHAT’S HELPING TRUMP HERE, PERHAPS HELPING TRUMP HERE, PERHAPS UNFAIRLY IS THE OLD BOY SYSTEM. UNFAIRLY IS THE OLD BOY SYSTEM. YOU TO SHOW SOME RESPECT FOR THE YOU TO SHOW SOME RESPECT FOR THE PREVIOUS ACTION. PREVIOUS ACTION. YOUR TRANSACTIONAL RELATIONSHIP, YOUR TRANSACTIONAL RELATIONSHIP, YOUR RELATIONSHIP, ONCE YOU’VE YOUR RELATIONSHIP, ONCE YOU’VE SERVED IN HIGH OFFICE, YOU CAN’T SERVED IN HIGH OFFICE, YOU CAN’T GO OUT THE DOOR AND ACT LIKE GO OUT THE DOOR AND ACT LIKE YOU’RE SOME SORT OF SABOTEUR. YOU’RE SOME SORT OF SABOTEUR.>>THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT.>>THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT. IF YOU THINK ABOUT THE OBAMA IF YOU THINK ABOUT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, EIGHT YEARS, ADMINISTRATION, EIGHT YEARS, HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WHO CAME IN HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WHO CAME IN AND OUT, AND THERE HAS NOT BEEN AND OUT, AND THERE HAS NOT BEEN SOME SALACIOUS TELL-ALL. SOME SALACIOUS TELL-ALL.>>MAYBE THERE WASN’T A>>MAYBE THERE WASN’T A SALACIOUS REALITY. SALACIOUS REALITY.>>EXACTLY.>>EXACTLY. BUT THAT’S IMPORTANT. BUT THAT’S IMPORTANT. YOU NEED THAT KIND OF LOYALTY. YOU NEED THAT KIND OF LOYALTY. THE PROBLEM IS DONALD TRUMP HAS THE PROBLEM IS DONALD TRUMP HAS BROKEN ALL OF THE NORMS. BROKEN ALL OF THE NORMS. WE DON’T NEED TO RECITE THEM ALL WE DON’T NEED TO RECITE THEM ALL HERE, AND YET YOU STILL GOT THIS HERE, AND YET YOU STILL GOT THIS CODE OF GENTLEMEN. CODE OF GENTLEMEN. GENERAL MATHIS, HIS BOOK IS NOT GENERAL MATHIS, HIS BOOK IS NOT ACTUALLY ABOUT HIS TIME IN THE ACTUALLY ABOUT HIS TIME IN THE WHITE HOUSE. WHITE HOUSE. HIS BOOK IS ABOUT LEADERSHIP. HIS BOOK IS ABOUT LEADERSHIP.>>SOME OF THE OTHER PEOPLE,>>SOME OF THE OTHER PEOPLE, WOMEN, IT’S NOT ALL BOYS HERE. WOMEN, IT’S NOT ALL BOYS HERE.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS PUSHED>>EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS PUSHED OUT. OUT.>>RIGHT.>>RIGHT.>>BUT THE PROBLEM IS THIS IS A>>BUT THE PROBLEM IS THIS IS A COUNTRY OVER CODE QUESTION. COUNTRY OVER CODE QUESTION. ALL OF THESE NORMS ARE SUPPOSED ALL OF THESE NORMS ARE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC. TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC. THE QUESTION IS ARE THEY GOING THE QUESTION IS ARE THEY GOING TO SIT BY AND NOT RAISE THEIR TO SIT BY AND NOT RAISE THEIR HANDS BEFORE THE CRITICAL VOTE HANDS BEFORE THE CRITICAL VOTE NEXT NOVEMBER. NEXT NOVEMBER.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>AND THAT’S REALLY THE>>AND THAT’S REALLY THE QUESTION. QUESTION.>>SAME QUESTION FOR BOTH YOU>>SAME QUESTION FOR BOTH YOU HAVE. HAVE. FORMER SECRETARY MATTIS, WHO WAS FORMER SECRETARY MATTIS, WHO WAS PUSHED BY THE REPORTER FROM THE PUSHED BY THE REPORTER FROM THE ATLANTIC FOR HIS PERSONAL ATLANTIC FOR HIS PERSONAL THOUGHTS, WHICH BY THE WAY IS THOUGHTS, WHICH BY THE WAY IS WHAT WE DO IS PUSH PEOPLE, AS WHAT WE DO IS PUSH PEOPLE, AS HEATHER WAS SUGGESTING WE OUGHT HEATHER WAS SUGGESTING WE OUGHT TO DO REFUSED TO ANSWER. TO DO REFUSED TO ANSWER. LISTEN TO THIS. LISTEN TO THIS. HE TOLD REPORTER JEFFREY HE TOLD REPORTER JEFFREY GOLDBERG, YOU DON’T ENDANGER THE GOLDBERG, YOU DON’T ENDANGER THE COUNTRY BY ATTACKING THE ELECTED COUNTRY BY ATTACKING THE ELECTED COMMANDER IN CHIEF. COMMANDER IN CHIEF. I MAY NOT LIKE THE COMMANDER IN I MAY NOT LIKE THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF ONE FRICKING BIT, BUT OUR CHIEF ONE FRICKING BIT, BUT OUR SYSTEM PUTS THE COMMANDER IN SYSTEM PUTS THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF THERE. CHIEF THERE. AND TO FURTHER WEAKEN HIM WHEN AND TO FURTHER WEAKEN HIM WHEN WE’RE UP AGAINST REAL THREATS, WE’RE UP AGAINST REAL THREATS, WE COULD BE AT WAR IN THE KOREAN WE COULD BE AT WAR IN THE KOREAN PENINSULA, EVERY TIME THEY START PENINSULA, EVERY TIME THEY START LAUNCHING SOMETHING. LAUNCHING SOMETHING. HOWEVER, THERE IS A PERIOD I OWE HOWEVER, THERE IS A PERIOD I OWE MY SILENCE. MY SILENCE. IT IS NOT ETERNAL. IT IS NOT ETERNAL. IT IS NOT GOING TO BE FOREVER. IT IS NOT GOING TO BE FOREVER.>>GET IN ON THIS.>>GET IN ON THIS. GENTEEL BEHAVIOR, HONEST — I GENTEEL BEHAVIOR, HONEST — I WORKED FOR PRESIDENTS AND WORKED FOR PRESIDENTS AND POLITICIANS. POLITICIANS. I REPRESENTED THEY DID SOMETHING I REPRESENTED THEY DID SOMETHING A LITTLE BIT EMBARRASSING, I A LITTLE BIT EMBARRASSING, I WOULDN’T TELL ANYBODY. WOULDN’T TELL ANYBODY. THEY COMMITTED A CRIME, I MIGHT THEY COMMITTED A CRIME, I MIGHT HAVE TO. HAVE TO. THERE IS A HOYLT QUESTION ABOUT THERE IS A HOYLT QUESTION ABOUT SOMEBODY WHO MAKES YOU SECRETARY SOMEBODY WHO MAKES YOU SECRETARY OF DEFENSE. OF DEFENSE.>>AND JAMES MATTIS IS NOT>>AND JAMES MATTIS IS NOT ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI OR OMAROSA. ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI OR OMAROSA. HE HAS THIS CODE OF HONOR, DUTY, HE HAS THIS CODE OF HONOR, DUTY, COUNTRY. COUNTRY. THE PREVIOUS GUESTS WERE THE PREVIOUS GUESTS WERE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, THOUGH. ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, THOUGH. AT SOME POINT HE HAS TO MAKE THE AT SOME POINT HE HAS TO MAKE THE CHOICE WHETHER OR NOT HIS CHOICE WHETHER OR NOT HIS LOYALTY TO THE COMMANDER IN LOYALTY TO THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF AND THAT MILITARY CODE CHIEF AND THAT MILITARY CODE OVERRIDES HIS LOYALTY AND OVERRIDES HIS LOYALTY AND OBLIGATION TO THE COUNTRY TO SAY OBLIGATION TO THE COUNTRY TO SAY THESE THINGS. THESE THINGS. IF IN FACT HE BELIEVES THAT THE IF IN FACT HE BELIEVES THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES LACKS THE JUDGMENT, LACKS THE LACKS THE JUDGMENT, LACKS THE INTELLIGENCE, LACKS THE INTELLIGENCE, LACKS THE INTEGRITY TO MAKE SOUND INTEGRITY TO MAKE SOUND DECISIONS AND TO PERFORM HIS DECISIONS AND TO PERFORM HIS DUTIES, THEN AT SOME POINT HE DUTIES, THEN AT SOME POINT HE HAS AN OBLIGATION TO SHARE THAT HAS AN OBLIGATION TO SHARE THAT WITH THE COUNTRY. WITH THE COUNTRY.>>YEAH.>>YEAH.>>AND JEFFREY GOLDBERG IS>>AND JEFFREY GOLDBERG IS PRESSING HIM ON THAT AND MAKES PRESSING HIM ON THAT AND MAKES IT VERY CLEAR THAT HE WAS IT VERY CLEAR THAT HE WAS FRUSTRATED THAT HE COULDN’T GET FRUSTRATED THAT HE COULDN’T GET AN ANSWER. AN ANSWER. HE IS PRESSING HIM, IF YOU DO HE IS PRESSING HIM, IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE THAT DONALD TRUMP IS NOT BELIEVE THAT DONALD TRUMP IS NOT FIT TO BE PRESIDENT, YOU NOT FIT TO BE PRESIDENT, YOU NEED TO SHARE THAT BEFORE NEED TO SHARE THAT BEFORE NOVEMBER 20 TWET.20. NOVEMBER 20 TWET.20.>>BRUTUS WAS THE GREAT MAN.>>BRUTUS WAS THE GREAT MAN. HE WAS THE ONE WHO BROUGHT DOWN HE WAS THE ONE WHO BROUGHT DOWN CAESAR WHO HAD BECOME A TYRANT. CAESAR WHO HAD BECOME A TYRANT. YET WHO LOOKED GOOD? YET WHO LOOKED GOOD? HE DIDN’T LOOK SO GOOD. HE DIDN’T LOOK SO GOOD. IF THERE IS A DUTY TO WARN US OF IF THERE IS A DUTY TO WARN US OF COGNITIVE PROBLEMS, CHARACTER COGNITIVE PROBLEMS, CHARACTER PROBLEMS WHICH MAYBE WE AS PROBLEMS WHICH MAYBE WE AS CITIZENS CAN’T SEE IT, HASN’T CITIZENS CAN’T SEE IT, HASN’T THAT BEEN RAISED, THE CURTAIN ON THAT BEEN RAISED, THE CURTAIN ON THAT IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS BY THAT IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS BY THE BAFFLING CARTOON BEHAVIOR OF THE BAFFLING CARTOON BEHAVIOR OF THIS PRESIDENT? THIS PRESIDENT?>>IT DOES SEEM TO BE>>IT DOES SEEM TO BE ESCALATING. ESCALATING.>>WITH NOBODY AROUND HIM TO BE>>WITH NOBODY AROUND HIM TO BE ADULT CARE PROVIDERS. ADULT CARE PROVIDERS.>>IT DOES SEEM TO BE>>IT DOES SEEM TO BE ESCALATING. ESCALATING. AND YET THAT JOB IS BEING PUT ON AND YET THAT JOB IS BEING PUT ON PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND I, WHO ARE PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND I, WHO ARE MAKING THE SAME OCEANS THAT ANY MAKING THE SAME OCEANS THAT ANY AMERICAN WHO IS WATCHING THIS AMERICAN WHO IS WATCHING THIS PLAY OUT CAN MAKE. PLAY OUT CAN MAKE. WE’RE NOT IN THE INNER CIRCLE. WE’RE NOT IN THE INNER CIRCLE. YOU KNOW WHEN THIS IS HAPPENING YOU KNOW WHEN THIS IS HAPPENING PUBLICLY, THERE IS SO MUCH MORE PUBLICLY, THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO THE STORY THAT’S ALSO TO THE STORY THAT’S ALSO HAPPENING BEHIND THE SCENES. HAPPENING BEHIND THE SCENES. AND I THINK AT SOME POINT, AND I THINK AT SOME POINT, INSTEAD OF A SINGLE BRUTUS, WHAT INSTEAD OF A SINGLE BRUTUS, WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN HERE, THERE HAS TO HAS TO HAPPEN HERE, THERE HAS TO BE A DAISY CHAIN. BE A DAISY CHAIN. THERE HAS TO BE A DECISION TO THERE HAS TO BE A DECISION TO HOLD HANDS AND DO THIS TOGETHER. HOLD HANDS AND DO THIS TOGETHER. BECAUSE — BECAUSE –>>WELL, THEY’RE THERE.>>WELL, THEY’RE THERE.>>THIS ADMINISTRATION AND TRUMP>>THIS ADMINISTRATION AND TRUMP HAS ALSO SHOWN THAT HE IS HAS ALSO SHOWN THAT HE IS CAPABLE OF DESTROYING ANY ONE CAPABLE OF DESTROYING ANY ONE PERSON. PERSON. YOU’VE PEOPLE WHO HAVE COME OUT. YOU’VE PEOPLE WHO HAVE COME OUT. AND NOW COMEY IS VIEWED AS A AND NOW COMEY IS VIEWED AS A SACRIFICIAL LAMB BY A LOT OF SACRIFICIAL LAMB BY A LOT OF REPUBLICANS. REPUBLICANS.>>HEATHER, HE WILL NOW SAY>>HEATHER, HE WILL NOW SAY SOMETHING THAT WILL PROBABLY SOMETHING THAT WILL PROBABLY BOTHER PEOPLE BUT I THINK IT’S BOTHER PEOPLE BUT I THINK IT’S TRUE. TRUE. WE HAVE A PRESIDENT — AND I’M WE HAVE A PRESIDENT — AND I’M NOT A TRUMP HATER. NOT A TRUMP HATER. PERSONALLY, I’M NOT A TRUMP PERSONALLY, I’M NOT A TRUMP HATER. HATER. IT DOESN’T WORK WITH ME, THAT IT DOESN’T WORK WITH ME, THAT HATING THING. HATING THING. BUT I SEE A PRESIDENT RUNNING BUT I SEE A PRESIDENT RUNNING THE COUNTRY, THE GREATEST THE COUNTRY, THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN HISTORY MAYBE WITH COUNTRY IN HISTORY MAYBE WITH CRAYONS. CRAYONS. I WANT GREENLAND, IN CRAYONS. I WANT GREENLAND, IN CRAYONS. IT’S LIKE A KID WITH — IT’S LIKE A KID WITH — 8-YEAR-OLD WITH CRAYONS. 8-YEAR-OLD WITH CRAYONS. I WANT TO MAKE MORE MONEY DOWN I WANT TO MAKE MORE MONEY DOWN IN DORAL. IN DORAL. I LIKE THIS GUY BORIS BORIS WHO I LIKE THIS GUY BORIS BORIS WHO JUST SUSPENDED THE PARLIAMENT, JUST SUSPENDED THE PARLIAMENT, THE MOTHER OF ALL PMTS. THE MOTHER OF ALL PMTS. IT’S MAGNA CARTER IS AT STAKE IT’S MAGNA CARTER IS AT STAKE HERE AND HE SAYS I LIKE THIS HERE AND HE SAYS I LIKE THIS GUY’S STYLE. GUY’S STYLE. THIS IS AN 8-YEAR-OLD. THIS IS AN 8-YEAR-OLD.>>IT’S AN 8-YEAR-OLD.>>IT’S AN 8-YEAR-OLD.>>IF MUSSOLINI WAS AROUND>>IF MUSSOLINI WAS AROUND TODAY, HE WOULD SAY I LOVE THAT TODAY, HE WOULD SAY I LOVE THAT GUY’S CHIN, THE WAY IT STICKS GUY’S CHIN, THE WAY IT STICKS OUT. OUT.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>THAT’S RIGHT. AND HE IS CASTING HIS CABINET AND HE IS CASTING HIS CABINET AND STAFF FROM TELEVISION. AND STAFF FROM TELEVISION. THAT IS THE BEST WAY TO THINK OF THAT IS THE BEST WAY TO THINK OF IT. IT. THE WORST WAY TO THINK OF IT, THE WORST WAY TO THINK OF IT, WHICH IS WHAT I DO, IS I THINK WHICH IS WHAT I DO, IS I THINK ABOUT THE ACTUAL 8-YEAR-OLDS ABOUT THE ACTUAL 8-YEAR-OLDS THAT HE IS PUTTING THROUGH HELL THAT HE IS PUTTING THROUGH HELL WITH HIS POLICIES AT THE BORDER, WITH HIS POLICIES AT THE BORDER, WITH HIS DOMESTIC POLICIES WITH HIS DOMESTIC POLICIES AROUND HEALTH CARE AND AROUND HEALTH CARE AND IMMIGRATION. IMMIGRATION. THEY’RE REAL KIDS. THEY’RE REAL KIDS. AND THEN THERE IS AN 8-YEAR-OLD AND THEN THERE IS AN 8-YEAR-OLD SORT OF IN THE WHITE HOUSE SORT OF IN THE WHITE HOUSE ABSOLUTELY SAYING I WANT ABSOLUTELY SAYING I WANT EVERYTHING WHEN I WANT IT. EVERYTHING WHEN I WANT IT. WHEN THERE ARE ACTUAL FAMILIES WHEN THERE ARE ACTUAL FAMILIES AND CHILDREN THAT ARE BEING HURT AND CHILDREN THAT ARE BEING HURT BY HIS POLICIES. BY HIS POLICIES.>>THIS GUY IS A IDI AMIN.

100 thoughts to “Atlantic: Mattis Found Trump To Be Of Limited Cognitive Ability, Dubious Behavior | Hardball | MSNBC”

  1. American's bang on and on about being so very patriotic and yet its leaders who stand to personally financially benefit are unwilling to speak out and band together to hold Trump to account for his lunacy. History will be harsh on those who did not speak out and potentially label them as traitors to the United States.

  2. “Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and Determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “Press On” has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race.”

  3. If Trump buys Greenland will he put all of those "foreigners" in the K-Mart prison systems, like those coming in from the south or simply deport them to Denmark?

  4. Drumpf is a scuzz-ball. Limited cognitive ability means stupid moron. Dubious character means sleazy, dishonest liar.

  5. This general did not go he needed to go how loyalty is seen is in there pockets how much have you from facts Boris Johnson did something what happens about 7 times a year do you understand English politics. Is hate troubling your Hart's

  6. Trump is a genius they failed to control Him. He is the best US president to change the mess in the world politics. All conspiracy against Him collapsed. He is more than fit to conduct his duties!

  7. i hope your town goes under theres no global warming rots of ruck keep laughing this guy is going to mess on you all

  8. How did the second world war started with nationalism but know full well it was national Socialism fascism started Italy every socialistic government has a dictator as head of the country America is going on a dangerous path Democrats need to stay democratic where is the love and the peace unity it is not in antifa nor in smearing others in the name of the Father the Son and the Holly Spirit.

  9. I would go to fox news and read the comments sections but I'm put off by my, perhaps unfairly, level of anxiety being escalated with the dissonance I anticipate I would find there from reality.

  10. That isn't news. Any person with more than two functional brain cells can see that Trump is a severally unhinged narcissistic psychopath and dumber than a bag of hammers.

  11. All of this finding after the fact that Trump is completely unqualified to be President shows the fact that our whole way of choosing a President is completely devoid of finding how disqualified any of these candidates could be. What job have I ever applied for ever have I ever had to stand in front of millions of people and lie about my qualifications? In the US we have that now. Have people decided not to judge any one because of some belief system to which they might adhere? Today's debate candidates are being judged on how well they can throw zingers at each other. Really? That candidate won the debate because of those standards?
    Here are a couple of situations I'd have the candidates go through:
    Take tests on the Bill of Rights, The Constitution, and every single International law signed between any and all nations.
    I'd have the candidates list every single cabinet member they would ever appoint. The President isn't a dictator (yet often they act like one!) We need to see the candidate's kind of choices. He would also have to be legally bound to those choices.
    And finally, the networks would have to give up their precious opinion time to give the nation people to ask questions of the candidates because the media is supremely biased and only talk amongst themselves.
    I could go on… I'm curious. What other ideas do you have for raising the standards of what qualifies someone to be President?
    Just give it a whirl! Someone may actually listen to us someday (hopefully not too late!)

  12. CNN now is just to diss Donald trump!! Google cnn and every second or third article is about dissing trump! You all leftists

  13. When I need fake news I turn to MSNBC. Boo-hoo Trump derangement syndrome is strong at MSNBC. All lies….almost all the time!

  14. Isn't it remarkable that that the Electoral College was set up to "save" America from all of the ignorant undereducated rural masses who wouldn't know any better than to vote for a charleton. In the end, they rejected the popular vote for someone who did have the brains, education, experience, talent and passion for advancing healthcare and many other specific areas within American society. Trump is the president of the Electoral College and is still rejected by the majority of us. With at least 140 House bills that have never made it to the Senate floor, someone needs a supersized enema to remove that "obstruction". Surely, Kentucky can see by now that McConnell is the only one that has gotten rich. Driving America into poverty, and possibly war, is a two or three man job. The other ones that we must remove from this equation are Putin and McConnell. First, the citizens must take back our government. Then, we must change the structure enough so that we are no longer so vulnerable to attack.

  15. trump is dim. 320million americans are dimmer, because they inherited a political system that put trump in power. hasn't anyone noticed, and they do nothing to change the system.

  16. You fell for it with Sessions, and you are falling for with Mattis. These people are stupid. Tillerson – who cares. Cohn – a globalist who served his purpose then left. It is time to retire Chris.

  17. Trump is nuts..that is not news..that's fact..Cognitive ability, and dubious behaviour..This, read that headline..this, is the President of the United States, without a clue, a liar, con man and beyond unfit…What kind of country/government allows that to remain as the glaringly obvious mental state of its' leader, the voice and face of America……….Republicans

  18. I have a hard time with my literacy skills too but I grew up in special education. Trump reminds me of my days setting in class picking my nose and eating paste and trying to have a single thought in my head that would last more then just a few seconds. Wow if I'd know about this long ago I would of ran for president and won.

  19. I’m sick of people “Breaking their so-called Silence” after the fact just to right a book. What, was Mad Dog too blind from those swollen eye bags to say something while in office? GTFOH

  20. The irony is that the dark forces of Wall Street / big corporations / foreign lobbyists / the deep state gave the voters two horrible, warmongering, emotionally unstable, megalomaniac presidential candidates: Hillary and Trump. Wow, I'm so surprised at the results … 

    Iran and its people would have been "wiped of the face of the earth" if Hillary had won, and we'd be closer to war with Russia than we already are. That said, I doubt Hillary would have overturned 87 environmental statutes that Trump has repealed, nor eliminated mortgage tax deductions + raising taxes. .

  21. The easy way. Congress simply votes 45con out of Congress. Then asks the FBI to come and get him. For investigations etc..

  22. Determining Cognitive ability is used for treatment of people with dementia, however it's also used to determine Cognitive function in every one over 50 as a preventive action to determine if treatment or precautions are needed and there are many medical reasons its use just like striking the knee to determine reflexes.

  23. There is a reason the President is protected from easy removal, But the President has been given to much power over the past decades and Trump is finding it all. and I remember a time, not to long ago, the Republican Party raged against Federal control and wanted to return to state control over itself. There was a time when the states had 95% of the governing control over itself and there wasn't a federal deficit problem. We had gold and silver to back every U S Dollar printed. History is a wonderful way to see how we got in this mess in the first place. You can't fix it if you don't know what's broken.

  24. PROPAGANDA. FAKE NEWS. LIES, LIES, LIES. MATTIS EVIL, IMMORAL, NARCISSIST, U.S. TRAITOR TRASH, FASCIST, MANIACALLY JEALOUS OF POTUS TRUMP. MSNBC'S SATIRE SCRIPTED BY DEMOCRAT LEFTISTS. POTUS TRUMP BRILLIANT MOST SUCCESSFUL CITIZEN, POTUS, IN HISTORY. MSNBC STAFF APERS, INFERIOR, IGNORANT, ILLITERATE, SHEEPLES, DEMONS. AND, THAT'S DOCUMENTED FACT.

  25. I hope your books tank…. whatever dignity or respect you thought you had is dissolved…. your opinions and commentary are worthless. YOU DID NOTHING TO HELP yet wrote books instead?!?!

  26. I find it funny that with all of these credible accounts of the incompetent of trump as president yet, nobody is brave enough to do the RIGHT thing. Just show you how broken and hypocritical the system is if you can't even take down a wannabe tyrannical dictator. If it were Obama, everyone will ask for his head. Yet, America is gung-ho to go to war with other countries and even put up puppets govt all over the world. In the name of democracy or whatever crap you want to call it.

  27. It is tragic that such a great President who exposed all the evil illuminati and their schemes gets just sh+t.Carter arranged the hostage crisis and installed Komeini. Reagan told Iran to hold hostages until his election.Bush murdered JFK, Bush Jr assisted the two Towers destruction. None got the sh=t Trump gets.Importantly Trump got Americans employed again.

  28. Why does this man yell? Great reporter? Fine, but someone tell him to stop yelling. I do turn the volume down, he's still yelling.

  29. Matt.7. [1] Judge not, that ye be not judged. [2] For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. [3] And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

  30. Heather, there are whole books written about Trump's specific behavior written by trusted reporters. And… nothing. Do something or just shut up.

  31. Mattis called Trump stupid and corrupt. Anybody who isn't wearing their MAGA hat too tight can see that in the first place.

  32. Former SecDef Mattis is an interesting fellow. He was a poor choice for the position from the beginning, and his lack of support for the Commander-in-Chief was simply amazing. Of course, anyone in a cabinet position who truly believes that AGW is one of the biggest national security threats to the United States in the near future should get his head examined!

  33. Let’s hear it from Mattis himself. How can President Trump speak to 15,000 people for 2 hours with limited cognitive ability.

  34. FAKE NEWS! It was an aid of Mattis that made these comments about Mattisis "thoughts" The first time you reported it you got it correct!

  35. People know that Trump is not fit for office but they chose to do nothing. Democrats do not impeach him (yet), Republicans are complicit and in the meantime Trump is having a ball by doing everything he should not do in a ´normal´ administration. He is entertaining the whole world, while people all over the world try to clean up his mess. Mattis was in office until he could not do it anymore. He disappeared like nothing happened and he is not the only one. No one needs Mattis or other resigned officials to proof that Trump is unfit. If you want change you will have to act and create it. No one acts….

  36. You don’t need Mattis to come out and say that Trump is a raving lunatic, he shows us every day that he’s as crazy as a shithouse rat.
    We need these people to take a stance and advocate for his removal.
    He’s going to be gone eventually, but every day he’s in office he does a little more damage. Some of the damage is repairable, but a lot of it is long term or irreversible.
    The USA ‘s standing as a world leader is diminishing every day, and countries like China are stepping into that role a little more every day and there’s no coming back from that.

  37. Mattis uses words like 'cognitive ability' and 'dubious' which are too difficult for trump to understand so the dunce might think he in fact gets praised

  38. If the FAT, LYING, ORANGE IMBECILE had been as smart as a 5th grader, he would've picked good people and let them run the show, since he KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT GOVERNMENT!!!! Why is he still in OUR WH is beyond me!!!!

  39. I SEE THE I AM PRESIDENTENT THIS HIGH SO… I CAN GRUFF TWORDS SUPREME COURT LEGENDARY????? WHILST HER HISTORY IS BEING HIGHLIGHTED. IM HIGH SO WITH WISDOM I ACTUALLY…CAN…..

  40. If you have any doubts about his mindset, just YouTube 'trump fire truck'. This is the same man with the ability to end the world as we know it.

  41. I SEE 3D DD IS IMPRESSIVE IS SHE ALMOST RUNNING AWAY LADIES AND GENTLEMEN…. YES. BUT ITS OK BECAUSE HE IS SUCH A HIGH PERSON????? LETS READ INTO SOME WTF ARE U CRAZY??

  42. With all this talk about how bad Trump is, yet people who have the power to remove him from this madness have done nothing. Are they just as bad as Trump is?

  43. Like IM JUST NOW REGISTERING A GINSBURG AS…. The outed,??????? That was like last week and know… My ears are starting to ring… Command let's make sure we're well oiled out there shall we. Thank you one bad mothA fuckA thank you ..

  44. Why is everyone has so much to tell now that things are starting to unravel ? We're were the voices when all this was happening silence, an allow these people embarrassing this Country along
    With Trump an Friends.

  45. NOW COMMAND IF YOULL EXCUSE ME I BELIEVE IVE GOTTEN WORD OF SOME FORM OF SHOOT OUT AND HISTORIC FAMILY I DO DECLARE

  46. No wonder this country is failing alot of ppl want to report it and talk about it but not doing a dam thing to get rid of it

  47. WOOOOOOOoooooo MR PRESIDENTENT A WELCOME TO THE AMERICA IT IS THEN SHUCKS GOOD LUCK WITH THIRD AND NOW OTHERS

  48. "Genteel Behavior" was mentioned. In this administration,t here is no genteel behavior possible. We are under direct threat from this administration.

  49. Mattis was always against Trump. He is a typical lowlife who is showing the world his true colors now. This is fodder for the Leftist Marxist lying Democrat sycophants and their followers. Bitterness and hate are evident and hurt only Mattis.

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