Former Defense Secretary James Mattis told then-Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats that President Trump was “dangerous” and “unfit,” according to excerpts from Bob Woodward’s upcoming book “Rage.”
Mattis, who left the White House at the end of 2018 over differences on defense strategy with the president, warned Coats that “there may come a time when we have to take collective action” against Trump, according to excerpts of the Woodward book reported upon by The Washington Post,
The Post did not say if Woodward’s book clarified what kind of “collective action” Mattis was referencing.
In a separate conversation, Mattis said, “The president has no moral compass,” to which Coats responded, “True. To him, a lie is not a lie. It’s just what he thinks. He doesn’t know the difference between the truth and a lie.”
Mattis, one of the few Cabinet secretaries who had support from both Republicans and Democrats during his time in the Trump administration, announced in December 2018 he was resigning after disagreements with the president over policies in Syria and Europe.
He has generally kept his thoughts about Trump to himself, but criticized the president as dividing the country over the summer after Trump said he wanted to use the military against protesters following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.