John Kelly contradicts Trump on Mattis

embedded in this Washington Post story we read the following:

President Trump’s former chief of staff John F. Kelly defended former defense secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday over Mattis’s criticism of the president’s handling of nationwide protests. Kelly also dismissed Trump’s assertion that the president fired the retired general in 2018.
“The president did not fire him. He did not ask for his resignation,” Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, said in an interview. “The president has clearly forgotten how it actually happened or is confused. The president tweeted a very positive tweet about Jim until he started to see on Fox News their interpretation of his letter. Then he got nasty. Jim Mattis is a honorable man.”
Mattis tendered his resignation in 2018, citing his disagreement with Trump’s decision to pull U.S. forces out of Syria.

Gee, apparently the Generals (Kelly, Mattis, Allen, Dempsey) and an Admiral (Mullen) do not love Trump as much as he says he loves them.

The president has clearly forgotten how it actually happened or is confused.

Or else Trump is, as is so often true of him, simply lying.