Trump calls Mattis sort of a Democrat and says he may leave

Trump calls Mattis sort of a Democrat and says he may leave

Trump calls Mattis sort of a Democrat and says he may leave

In an interview to be aired Sunday on CBS's "60 Minutes", Trump was asked whether he wanted Mattis to leave.

President Trump suggested Defense Secretary James Mattis may be among the next high-level Cabinet officials to step down, calling the general a "good guy" but "sort of a Democrat". "It could be that he is" leaving, Mr. Trump said, responding to a question about whether he wants Mr. Mattis to leave. "We're going to do whatever we can do to get it slowed down". He may leave. I mean, at some point, everybody leaves.

Mattis has often publicly walked back some of Trump's more controversial statements on foreign policy, and the two have a strained relationship, veteran journalist Bob Woodward has reported in his book "Fear". An excerpt of the interview was released Sunday morning.

Trump said there are still "some people" in his administration that he is "not thrilled with".

Asked about Trump's remarks, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Rob Manning said in a brief statement: "Secretary Mattis is laser-focused on doing his job - ensuring the US military remains the most lethal force on the planet".


One of those people drawing Trump's ire could be Mattis. In response, President Trump slammed speculation of trouble was "so false". "I'm changing things around, and I'm entitled to that".

Stahl noted the Trump administration has been marked with record turnover of staff. Trump said he has a "great cabinet", including people he's "not thrilled with" and others he's "beyond thrilled with".

"I have a very good relationship with [Mattis]", Trump said. "Everybody. People leave. That's Washington".

Mattis has dismissed reports of his potential departure in the past. It has even been said that Trump considered removing Mattis after the midterms, but both Mattis and Trump have vehemently denied the rumors.

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