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

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speaks during a meeting with Greek Minister of Defense Panagiotis Kammenos at the Pentagon in Washington

Trump "60 Minutes" interview: President suggests Defense Secretary James Mattis could be next to leave Cabinet

President Donald Trump suggested to CBS' "60 Minutes" that Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is "sort of a Democrat" who could be leaving his post relatively soon. "I think he's sort of a Democrat, if you want to know the truth", Mr Trump said, according to an excerpt released by CBS.

I think we have a great cabinet, says US President Donald Trump. He has often assailed Attorney General Jeff Sessions but declined to fire him for removing himself from oversight of the lengthy investigation of whether Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation and whether Trump as president obstructed justice by trying to thwart the probe. "He may leave, I mean at some point, everybody leaves". "Everybody. People leave. That's Washington". Trump denied allegations that the White House was in "chaos", but told journalist Leslie Stahl he was "changing things around" in his administration.

He said he's entitled to staff shakeups and has "phenomenal" people on standby to come work for his administration. They'll come into the administration.

"What about General Mattis, is he going to leave?"

The President also said that "Yeah, other people will go, sure".

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He said that while he was satisfied with the performance of certain members of his administration, there are others "that I'm not thrilled with". We get along very well.

One of those people drawing Trump's ire could be Mattis.

"I have a very good relationship with [Mattis]", Trump said.

Mattis has a dim view of journalism about inside-the-beltway politics in Washington, using the word "fiction" to describe Woodward's book and similar reporting about closed-door conversations among USA national security leaders.

Last week, his ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, announced her resignation, effective at the end of the year.

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