Trump says Mattis may go: 'I think he's sort of a Democrat'

Trump Unsure If Defense Chief Jim Mattis Will Step Down: 'He's Sort Of A Democrat'

Trump Unsure If Defense Chief Jim Mattis Will Step Down: 'He's Sort Of A Democrat'

For the first time since he was appointed by President Donald Trump, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was asked by reporters directly: "Are you a Democrat?"

Mattis, seen as one of the steadiest but also more independent members of Trump's cabinet, has served as a low-profile counterweight to the president in his often abrasive treatment of United States allies.

The Republican Trump, in an interview airing Sunday on CBS's "60 Minutes" news show, said he has no indication that Mattis is leaving, but added, "It could be that he is".

"It could be that he is".

"I disagree, but I don't want to have that fight with you", she said. We're going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment. I mean- I'm not a baby.

Mattis "hasn't told me" that he plans to leave, Trump said, and didn't directly answer the question of whether he'd like the Pentagon chief to depart. So we're gonna have to see.

"I tell you what I don't want to do".

Finally, the president revealed his capacity for self-reflection and humility when Stahl asked him if there was anything he wished he hadn't said or done in his nearly two years in office.

"I like General Mattis. Everybody. People leave. That's Washington".

Western officials privately extol Mattis, whose standing among North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies has risen as they become increasingly bewildered by Trump's policies on trade and Iran and disoriented by his outreach to Russian President Vladimir Putin. "But I don't know that it's man-made", said Trump.

Trump said the two maintained "a very good relationship", but he allowed for the possibility Mattis would leave.

As much as I loathe Trump's unsafe attitude toward the press, I have to acknowledge that this is just the kind of hot dog move TV interviewers too often make - calling for an on-the-spot promise or pledge when it would be insane in a practical sense for anyone to do so.

Trump said the turnover was likely to continue.

Mattis: I've never registered for any political party.

She hit most of the hot spots in the national psyche concerning Trump in recent months, from his love of Vladimir Putin to his mockery of Ford at a recent rally in Mississippi.

Trump reportedly has become irritated with Mattis' reputation of being the "adult in the room", and is looking to make a number of changes to his Cabinet after the midterms, including naming a new attorney general after a long public feud with Sessions.

The speculation that Trump and Mattis would eventually be at odds began shortly after the Defense Secretary took the oath of office.

"I feel the same way", Trump said.

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