Donald Trump suggests 'Mad Dog' James Mattis could soon leave post

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

Trump Unsure If Defense Chief Jim Mattis Will Step Down: 'He's Sort Of A Democrat'

CNN reported in June on differences between Trump and Mattis that was leading to anxiety in the Pentagon and raising the possibility that Mattis might eventually leave the administration.

I think we have a great cabinet, says US President Donald Trump.

Donald Trump sat down for a wide-ranging interview with 60 Minutes, in which he was pushed on China, Russia, climate change, his mockery of Christine Blasey Ford, and whether, as he came toward the end of his second year in office, he had any regrets.

"It could be that he is. I think he's sort of a Democrat, if you want to know the truth", Mr Trump said, according to an excerpt released by CBS.

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Turkish officials have reported that Khashoggi was murdered in the consulate and dismembered, a charge the Saudis have denied. Asked if he had reviewed the purported recording of Khashoggi's killing, Trump told reporters on Saturday: "I have not".

"Trump is a refreshing reminder that the guy that's in the White House is another human being", says Louis Rossetto, the co-founder of Wired and author of the new book Change Is Good: A Story of the Heroic Era of the Internet. "We're going to do whatever we can do to get it slowed down". "I mean, at some point, everybody leaves". Mattis said he had not. During an overseas flight to Vietnam, Mattis responded to the CBS interview, saying, "I'm on his team". A few hours earlier, Mattis told reporters traveling with him that he and Trump had never discussed the possibility of Mattis leaving the Pentagon job. He was long seen as a force for stability in foreign policy in an administration that has had to manage crises from North Korea to Syria under a president who prides himself on his unpredictability. "When I was 18 I joined the Marine Corps, and in the USA military we are proudly apolitical".

What matters about Trump's first interview in nearly two years on what is by far the largest forum in TV news is the performance.

There reportedly has been friction between the two men over issues including Mr. Trump's proposal to ban transgender troops.

Last month, Mattis appeared to be caught off-guard by statements from National Security Advisor John Bolton that the estimated 2,000 USA troops in Syria would not be withdrawn until Iranian forces and Iranian-allied militias also left the country. "We fell in love", he said.

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The fraught issue of the Irish border continues to be a "significant problem" in Brexit talks, government sources have said. She added: "This backstop arrangement would not be temporary".

The US, he told reporters in Paris, is "keenly aware of the dangers close to your home". "We'd have taken an altogether different stance had that been considered".

He has strongly denied making any such remarks.

Mattis flew to Vietnam for his second visit this year to the country with which the USA fought a 10-year war.

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The Khashoggi case itself also threatens to derail Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's global effort to rebrand the kingdom. Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition of Gulf states in a military campaign against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

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