Trump, Calling Mattis a Democrat, Opens the Door to His Departure

President Donald Trump described US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis as

Stahl then asked specifically about Secretary of Defense James Mattis at which point President Trump says that the General is "sort of a Democrat and that he may leave, but that would not necessarily indicate any problems in their relationship".

"I have a very good relationship with him".

This marks the first time that the Republican president has publicly said anything negative about Mattis, who last month told reporters not to take seriously reports that he may be leaving.

"I have some people that I'm not thrilled with", Trump said.

Rumours that Mattis's days as defence chief are numbered have circulated since a book by journalist Bob Woodward about Trump's chaotic White House said the general had questioned Trump's judgment, likening his understanding to that of a 10- or 11-year-old child. I have people now on standby that will be phenomenal. "He may leave, I mean at some point, everybody leaves".

Characterizing the Pentagon chief as a "good guy", and reiterating that they "get along very well", Trump repeated: "He may leave".

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"Are more people going to go?"

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.

Mattis, while leading the USA military, has occasionally been at odds with Trump and more hawkish Trump administration officials, including national security adviser John Bolton.

Mattis has dismissed reports of his potential departure in the past.

Last week, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced she would be joining the growing list of departed Trump officials at the end of the year. "People leave. That's Washington". They'll come into the administration.

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