Trump: ‘Obama ingloriously fired Jim Mattis, I gave him a second chance’

President Trump on Saturday jabbed at outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, saying he gave him a “second chance.”

“When President Obama ingloriously fired Jim Mattis, I gave him a second chance,” Trump tweeted. “Some thought I shouldn’t, I thought I should. Interesting relationship-but I also gave all of the resources that he never really had. Allies are very important-but not when they take advantage of U.S.”

Politico notes: “Former President Barack Obama fired Mattis as head of U.S. Central Command in 2013 in large part because of Mattis’ increasingly hawkish posture toward Iran.”

Trump announced Mattis’ departure on Thursday.

“General Jim Mattis will be retiring, with distinction, at the end of February, after having served my Administration as Secretary of Defense for the past two years,” Trump tweeted. “During Jim’s tenure, tremendous progress has been made, especially with respect to the purchase of new fighting equipment. General Mattis was a great help to me in getting allies and other countries to pay their share of military obligations. A new Secretary of Defense will be named shortly. I greatly thank Jim for his service!”

In his resignation letter to Trump, Mattis cited policy differences.

“Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position,” Mattis stated in the letter.

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US Secretary of Defense James Mattis (L) greets incoming National Security Advisor John Bolton outside the Pentagon before a meeting March 29, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis (L) greets incoming National Security Advisor John Bolton outside the Pentagon before a meeting March 29, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis (L) greets incoming National Security Advisor John Bolton outside the Pentagon before a meeting March 29, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Secretary of Defense James Mattis greets Ambassador John Bolton, President Donald Trump's nominee to be National Security Advisor, as he arrives at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., March 29, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
Secretary of Defense James Mattis greets Ambassador John Bolton, President Donald Trump's nominee to be National Security Advisor, as he arrives at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., March 29, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis (L) and incoming National Security Advisor John Bolton walk into the Pentagon before a meeting March 29, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis (L) and incoming National Security Advisor John Bolton walk into the Pentagon before a meeting March 29, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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