Trump says Mattis 'could be' leaving as U.S. defence chief

15 October, 2018, 02:56 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • US Secretary of Defense James Mattis and US Vice President Mike Pence listen while US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before a meeting in the Pentag

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

In an excerpt released from Trump's 60 Minutes interview, Leslie Stahl asked him about the long running reports that the White House is in chaos. I have people now on standby that will be phenomenal.

Mr Trump said he had lunch with Mr Mattis two days earlier and Mr Mattis, a retired Marine four-star general, had not told him that he was leaving.

Mattis has often publicly walked back some of Trump's more controversial statements on foreign policy, and the two have a strained relationship, veteran journalist Bob Woodward has reported in his book "Fear".

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".

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I think we have a great cabinet, says US President Donald Trump. "He may leave, I mean at some point, everybody leaves".

Bloomberg: "Trump Hints Pentagon Chief Mattis May Be Planning to Quit". "And I have other people that I'm beyond thrilled with". "Everybody. People leave. That's Washington".

"I have a very good relationship with him", Trump continued, after Stahl interjected to ask if Trump wanted Mattis to leave the administration. In its report, the Times noted that Mattis' departure could be cause for concern, citing officials who believe the defense secretary is "the Cabinet official standing between a mercurial president and global tumult". 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.

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

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