He recognizes that what he does is actually creates hostility against his people.
Mattis said, in the Indo-Pacific region, we keep our decades-old alliances strong by building new partnerships.
"(Putin) tried again to muck around in our elections this last month, and we are seeing a continued effort along those lines", Mattis said, speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday that Russian Federation tried to meddle in the US midterm elections last month - just as it did in the 2016 vote that brought President Donald Trump to power.
"There is no doubt the relationship has worsened.
What we see, what Putin is doing, not observing worldwide agreements... we are dealing with someone who we just can't trust", - said Mattis, calling Putin a "slow learner" (translated from English. - bad student, tokodai, obtuse).
President George H.W. Bush's remains lie in state at Capitol
President Donald Trump , a fellow Republican, planned to visit with the mourning family at Blair House, near the White House. Christy Smith paused over the weekend to pay her respects to President Bush at a bronze statue of him at a Houston park.
Russia Nov. 25 seized two gunboats and a tugboat form Ukraine as well as dozens of personnel onboard in the Kerch Strait between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.
"We are dealing with someone that we simply can not trust", he said.
Citing Russia's seizure of Ukrainian vessels and sailors, President Donald Trump canceled his plans to meet with Putin at this weekend's Group of 20 summit in Argentina, but he said he looked forward to meeting Putin soon. US prosecutors in October charged a Russian national with playing a financial role in a Kremlin-backed plan to conduct "information warfare" against the United States, including attempts to influence the midterm election.
Now more than ever, it's time to send "a clear message" to Putin, Panetta said Saturday.
But independent researchers and social media firms countered this conclusion, saying that Russian Federation has indeed continued its online influence campaigns to sow distrust in American democratic institutions. The White House on Saturday said Trump, however, did have an "informal" conversation with the Russian president.