James MattisJames Mattis is re-entering the political arena for the first time since resigning as Donald Trump’s Secretary of Defense last December.

Everywhere Mattis goes, he is only asked one question.

And you won’t believe what James Mattis just said about challenging Trump in 2020.

General Mattis engaged in a massive media tour to promote his new book, “Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead.”

No reporter wants to talk about the book.

The only questions so-called “journalists” have for Mattis are set ups for Mattis to slam President Trump.

Mattis knows this when he sits down for every interview.

And the former Secretary of Defense is more than happy to slam President Trump as he professes to want to avoid criticizing the Commander-in-Chief to maintain his pristine public image.

This kabuki theater played out in an interview with The Atlantic’s editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg.

Goldberg asked Mattis about if he knew reporters would try to induce him into directly criticizing President Trump and even Mattis claimed he did not want to attack a sitting Commander-in-Chief.

That afforded Mattis the opportunity to break out into his well-rehearsed “duty, country, patriotism” routine.

“The duty of silence. If you leave an administration, you owe some silence. When you leave an administration over clear policy differences, you need to give the people who are still there as much opportunity as possible to defend the country.” Mattis continued, “They still have the responsibility of protecting this great big experiment of ours. I know the malevolence some people feel for this country, and we have to give the people who are protecting us some time to carry out their duties without me adding my criticism to the cacophony that is right now so poisonous.”

But even in that answer, Mattis admitted the only commentary he would have about President Trump would be negative.

Mattis also offered one tantalizing clue about when the former Marine General would jump off the sidelines and into the political fight over Donald Trump’s re-election.

“There is a period in which I owe my silence. It’s not eternal. It’s not going to be forever,” Mattis told Goldberg.

When readers of the interview read that article, that called back to another quote that Mattis gave Goldberg and wondered if Mattis’s time to end his silence would be an independent bid for the Presidency to make sure the Democrats defeat Donald Trump.

“I may not like a commander in chief one fricking bit, but our system puts the commander in chief there, and to further weaken him when we’re up against real threats—I mean, we could be at war on the Korean peninsula, every time they start launching something,” Mattis claimed.

That quote led many to speculate that at the next election Mattis may not feel so obligated to blast Trump since that is when the voters have a chance to pick a new Commander-in-Chief.

The idea of Mattis running as a third-party candidate in 2020 is not far-fetched.

In 2016, Never Trump traitor Bill Kristol begged Mattis to run as a third-party candidate, but Mattis passed.

Will he decline the chance to block Donald Trump from winning re-election by running as an independent candidate in 2020?

American Patriot Daily will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.