Minus MATTIS? Trump Denies Defense Secretary Is Departing Cabinet

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

President Donald Trump in a recent interview with "60 Minutes" says Defense Secretary James Mattis could leave the administration.

The remark comes after United States broadcaster CBS on Sunday aired an interview with Trump, in which he suggested Mattis may be headed out the Pentagon door. "It could be that he is".

Mattis told reporters traveling with him to Vietnam that he and Trump had spoken on Monday while the president was en route to Florida.

Lesley Stahl pressed Trump on the media, his relationship with Kim Jong Un and the Mueller probe during the contentious interview, which aired Sunday night.

By telling "60 Minutes" that he suspected Mattis is "sort of a Democrat", Trump seemed to suggest that he thinks Mattis is too moderate in his politics, although he did not say so directly or cite any area of disagreement with Mattis.

Trump added that he and Mattis "get along very well". By that, I mean that in our duties, we were brought up to obey the elected commander in chief, whoever that is.

Trump said Mattis had joined him for lunch two days earlier and the retired Marine four-star general had not told him that he was leaving.

Asked about the reports speculating about his departure, Mattis said on September 18: "It's like most of those kinds of things in this town".

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.




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"We remain highly concerned with continued militarisation of features in the South China Sea".

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis attends the swearing-in ceremony of Robert Wilkie as Secretary of Veterans Affairs in the Oval Office of the White House, July 30, 2018, in Washington, DC.

Mattis officially secured the position after Congress passed a waiver allowing him to take the civilian post shortly after he retired from the military. "I don't think it's a hoax", he told Stahl. He advocated for an extended presence in Afghanistan, pushed to keep the USA in the Iran nuclear deal and argued against the cancellation of certain military exercises with South Korea as part of nuclear talks with Pyongyang.

As Defense Secretary, Mattis has avoided the expressions of loyalty to Trump sometimes voiced by other Cabinet members.

She asked the president if Mattis was going to leave.

Vietnam "is a growing defense partner in a number of ways, ' Mattis said".

"It'll die down", Mattis told reporters on the steps of the Pentagon, while greeting a visiting dignitary.

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