In the video below U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis was greeted at a U.S. base in Jordan by a growing number of soldiers as word got around of his arrival. In an impromptu speech to U.S. troops, the retired United States Marine Corps general gave the gathered troops an inspirational message. His comments, which were made after Donald Trump’s controversial press conference on the Charlottesville violence, implored the men and women to ‘hold the line’ on decency and respect.
“You’re a great example for our country right now and it’s got problems,” Mattis says in the video. “You know it and I know it. It’s got problems we don’t have in the military. And you just hold the line, my fine soldiers, and sailors and airmen and Marines.”
Mattis’ remarks, which were made in Jordan, according to the site’s administrator, were posted in the wake of a tumultuous week in the United States following the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and fallout from President Donald Trump’s response. It’s unclear when exactly Mattis made the comments, though Mattis traveled to Turkey, Ukraine and Jordan last week.
Mattis’ unscripted speech is going viral from the U.S. Army W.T.F! moments Facebook page. Watch Secretary Mattis’ impromptu speech to U.S. troops: