At the Al Smith Memorial Foundation dinner on Thursday, Mattis opened his speech with a caustic blow about his deferment from the military during the Vietnam War.
“I earned my spurs on the battlefield; Donald Trump earned his spurs from the doctor” he said.
The general continued on with more Trump references, stating, “I’m not just an overrated general. I’m the greatest, the world’s most overrated,” Mattis was the keynote speaker at the 74th annual event.
“I’m honored to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress. So I guess I’m the Meryl Streep of generals, and frankly that sounds pretty good to me,” Mattis continued.
But Mattis didn’t stop there with his jabs at the president.
“And you do have to admit that between me and Meryl, at least we’ve had some victories,” he joked.