America Secretary of Defense James Mattis addressed reporters in what became an impromptu press briefing on Friday, in which he addressed a slew of issues facing the American defensive infrastructure, and even Michael Wolff’s supposed tell-all book that’s been the focus of the president’s attention recently, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”
Reporters asked the Marine General-turned top defense official if he’s had a chance to read the book that President Trump characterized as “fiction.”
“No. No, I’m a little busy, these days, actually doing my job, you know?” Mattis replied. Reporters then added that the Secretary of Defense himself was mentioned within the book’s pages a number of times – something Mattis seemed happy to laugh off.
“No, I don’t — I don’t — I purposely don’t read that. And, if it’s a book with my name in it, the aide puts sticky — double stickies over it, so I don’t read about myself. And that’s done with malice and forethought by my aide, okay?”