Mattis: ‘I Don’t Have Concerns. I Create Them’

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis / Getty Images


Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Friday said that in 2018 he will be creating concerns for others rather than having them himself.

Mattis was speaking to reporters at the Pentagon in the afternoon when one of them asked what Mattis' top concern for the year would be. Mattis, however, turned the question around.

"I don't have concerns. I create them," Mattis said, according to multiple reports.

This is not the first time Mattis has opted to make such a question about America's enemies. Last year he was asked what keeps him up at night, and he said, "Nothing, I keep other people awake at night."

Paul Crookston

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Paul Crookston is the deputy war room director at the Washington Free Beacon. He was previously a Collegiate Network fellow at National Review. A 2016 graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., he served as the managing editor of the Tartan campus newspaper. He is originally from Tampa, Fla., but he still roots for Dad’s Ohio teams. His Twitter handle is @P_Crookston. He can be reached at

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