In a video that’s gone viral on Facebook, Defense Secretary James Mattis can be seen giving a pep talk to U.S. troops stationed abroad during his trip to three countries last week.
In the video, Mattis tells the troops, “Our country right now, it’s got problems we don’t have in the military. You just hold the line until our country gets back to understanding and respecting each other and showing it.”
Mattis explained to the soldiers, “We’ve got the power of intimidation, and that’s you, if someone wants to screw with our families, our country and our allies. The power of inspiration – [and] we’ll get the power of inspiration back.”
He thanked the troops for their service and said he came out of retirement to “serve alongside young people like you who are so selfless and, frankly, so rambunctious.”
It’s unknown where the video was taken, but during the past week, Mattis has traveled to Jordan, Turkey and Ukraine, meeting with top officials to discuss U.S cooperation in the region.
Mattis’ remarks were made before President Trump signed a presidential memo ordering the Defense Department to stop allowing transgender people to enlist in the military. The memo also directs Mattis to decide how best to handle transgender people currently serving in the armed forces.
Watch the video below, which already has over 2 million views.
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