Published: Mon, October 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump Hints Pentagon Chief Mattis May Be Planning to Quit

Trump Hints Pentagon Chief Mattis May Be Planning to Quit

FILE - From left, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and national security adviser John Bolton listen as U.S. President Donald Trump meets with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House in Washington.

"I have a very good relationship with him", Trump continued, after Stahl interjected to ask if Trump wanted Mattis to leave the administration.

"It could be that he is [leaving the administration]", President Trump told CBS's "60 Minutes".

"I have a very good relationship with him. I had lunch with him two days ago", he said. It could be that he is.

"I think he's sort of a Democrat, if you want to know the truth", Trump said in the interview slated to air Sunday night. "We're going to do whatever we can do to get it slowed down".

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"I mean, at some point, everybody leaves", Trump said Sunday. "People leave. That's Washington". In response, President Trump slammed speculation of trouble was "so false".

In previews, host Lesley Stahl attempted to grill the commander-in-chief over what some say is a chaotic presidency replete with staff turnover but President Trump describes this as "fake news".

Bloomberg: "Trump Hints Pentagon Chief Mattis May Be Planning to Quit". "And I have other people that I'm beyond thrilled with", the president said, according to a transcript provided by CBS. And I'm entitled to.

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 US national security leaders.

The comments come after the announced departure of United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley and the expected shake-up at Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Justice Department after the midterm elections. "If they feel there will be separation, they don't come", he said, claiming without evidence that there are "really bad people coming in" who "haven't known the children for 20 minutes, and they grab children, and they use them to come into our country".

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