During Tuesday night’s GOP debate, Republican Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said that she would “bring back the warrior class—Petraeus, McChrystal, Mattis, Keane, Flynn. Every single one of these generals I know. Every one was retired early because they told President Obama things that he didn’t want to hear.”
The problem is that Gen. Jack Keane retired in 2003, years before Obama was first sworn in but Fiorina is sticking with her story.
While Mattis and Flynn appear to have left over policy differences, PolitiFact notes that Keane resigned in 2003, long before President Barack Obama took office in 2009. Petraeus, meanwhile, was forced to resign amid scandal involving an extramarital affair. McChrystal was forced out in 2010 after unflattering remarks about Obama administration officials were attributed to him and his aides in a Rolling Stone article.
Watch courtesy of WLBZ:
On Wednesday after a town hall in Nevada, Fiorina was asked if she misspoke about Keane given the timing of his retirement – years before Obama took office.
Jocelyn Phillips of ABC tweeted:
Fiorina says she didn’t misspeak in saying that Gen. Keane (who retired before Obama) had to retire early for disagreeing with Obama
— Jordyn Phelps (@JordynPhelps) December 16, 2015
“No, I didn’t misspeak,” she said. “But he has been someone of great experience who has been highly critical of the way this administration has not taken threats seriously and unfortunately he hasn’t been listened to. I would listen to him,” she added.
The Daily Caller reports that Keane countered Fiorina’s claim on Fox Business Network earlier in the day.
“Varney & Co,” host Stuart Varney asked Keane, “Did you in fact General give advice to President Obama which he didn’t want to hear and didn’t take?”
Keane said, “No, I’ve never spoken to the President, that’s not accurate. And I never served this administration, I served the previous administration.”
And Fiorina knows that.
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