Trump calls Mattis ‘sort of a Democrat’, hints he may quit

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

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis "could" be considering a departure, Saudis can expect "severe punishment" for any involvement in the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, and climate change is probably real, but not caused by man, President Donald Trump said in an interview aired Sunday on CBS' 60 Minutes.

Lesley Stahl, who interviewed the United States president for CBS 60 minutes, which will air on Sunday night, kept repeatedly pressing her subject on persistent rumors Jim Mattis will leave his post, which have escalated following the announced departure of his colleague, Nicky Haley from her United Nations envoy post.

"I have some people that I'm not thrilled with", Trump said. He may leave. I mean, at some point, everybody leaves.

In his last years as commander of Central Command, Mattis was at odds with the Obama administration over its policy toward Iran, with the Marine general taking a harder line about pursuing action against Iran than the White House wanted.

He said he's entitled to staff shakeups and has "phenomenal" people on standby to come work for his administration. "Some people talk quickly", Mattis said.

The comments were the first...

President Trump: Sure. I know all these things.

He was not bullying or dismissive in his responses to veteran reporter Lesley Stahl, but he was firm, confident, and engaged.

President Trump: Look, look.

President Donald Trump: I think something's happening. After Trump launched into a defense of his "very tough" meetings with Putin, Stahl began to press Trump on whether he believed or was willing to condemn various things Putin had done or was alleged to have done, including "assassinations, poisonings" and Russian Federation "interfering in the 2016 election".

TRUMP: But I rely on them. Trump brought up a previous interview Stahl conducted with him, and as Stahl tried to contradict his claims, the president interrupted, saying, "Hey, it's okay". And we will know more when he gets back. But I don't know that it's manmade. "And we've got just the longest economic streak in modern history, if not ever - 4.2 million jobs created, all this deregulation", Conway said.

STAHL: Do you still think that climate change is a hoax? I don't want to give trillions and trillions of dollars. That I can tell you. I also pointed out the way he kissed up to Fox at his last rally in MS telling the audience how much he loved each of the prime time hosts - and doing so by name. I don't want to pledge.

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