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McChrystal Said He Was Immoral. Trump Fires Back

'Known for big, dumb mouth'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2019 1:43 PM CST
President Donald Trump speaks at a hangar rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. President Donald Trump, who is visiting Iraq, says he has 'no plans at all' to remove US troops from...   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – President Trump is kicking off 2019 by addressing something from 2018 that apparently bugged him: comments retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal made about him in a Sunday interview with ABC's Martha Raddatz. Raddatz asked if McChrystal thought the president is immoral, and McChrystal responded, "I think he is." He said that if asked, he would decline to work for Trump's administration, as "I don't think he tells the truth." In a Tuesday tweet, Trump quoted a tweet posted by Fox News host Laura Ingraham; hers was a link to an article on her Lifezette website titled, "Media Didn't Like McChrystal Until He Started Bashing Trump." Trump's two cents was posted above it. "'General' McChrystal got fired like a dog by Obama. Last assignment a total bust. Known for big, dumb mouth. Hillary lover!"

The Hill reports it's not the first time McChrystal has lobbed criticism Trump's way, having previously spoken out against his choice to send troops to the US-Mexico border and against Trump's critical comments on former military leaders, among them retired Adm. William McRaven, who oversaw the Osama bin Laden raid. Politico reports McChrystal entered the public eye during the Obama administration, when he headed up US forces in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010, at which point he resigned following the publication of a Rolling Stone article that contained critical comments about Joe Biden and other figures. (Read more President Trump stories.)

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