…because this would probably get Secretary Mattis You’re Fired’ed! really fast:
“Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Saturday took aim at Russian President Vladimir Putin, accusing him of trying to “muck around” in the U.S. midterm elections, of duplicity in arms control and of acting irresponsibly in last weekend’s naval confrontation with Ukraine…
“We are dealing with someone that we simply cannot trust,” he said. “There is no doubt the relationship has worsened.”
“Mattis did not elaborate on his claim that Russia tried to interfere in last month’s elections, adding only, “We are seeing a continued effort along those lines.” He added more generally, “It’s his efforts to try to subvert democratic processes that must be defended.”
As usual (if this was an official pronouncement), it is vague about what Pooty-Poot actually accomplished—or not—in the 2018 Pie Fight. I suppose in a way Mattis is confirming what everyone already thought, but without any evidence to back it up it seems like more of a tease than an accusation.