U.S. President Donald Trump said he is unsure whether Defense Secretary James Mattis is planning to step down from his post, but told CBS' "60 Minutes" in a pre-taped interview that the retired general might and that he regards Mattis as "sort of a Democrat".
In a clip of the interview that is set to air in full Sunday evening, Trump said Mattis, a former Marine Corps general, hasn't told him he planned to leave the administration but it "could be that he is".
"It could be that he is. I think he's sort of a Democrat, if you want to know the truth", Trump said, according to an excerpt released by CBS.More news: 3 arrested after NY street brawls following far-right event
"We've got just the longest economic streak in modern history, if not ever - 4.2 million jobs created, all this deregulation."That the President's vanishingly rare appearance on a nonpartisan news program had resulted in a spectacle in which randomly assorted questions were bulldozed by a man eager to speak, and in which the interviewer generally left the viewers to decide what those answers meant without the benefit of meaningful follow-up, made the point clear.
Trump: "When I say I did it, let's make a big deal about it".
As much as I loathe Trump's risky attitude toward the press, I have to acknowledge that this is just the kind of hot dog move TV interviewers too often make - calling for an on-the-spot promise or pledge when it would be insane in a practical sense for anyone to do so. At a rally in October, Trump said that he and Kim "fell in love" over some "beautiful" and "great" letters the North Korean leader had sent to the White House. "It's not rudeness or brashness, it's that Donald Trump doesn't succumb to this media pressure to be weak and he fights right back", Bongino said. "Many people had a problem, though, with the fact that she was interrupting him a good bit". They say that we had hurricanes that were far worse than what we just had with Michael. I don't want to pledge.
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In addition, the Woodward book said that Mattis ignored Trump's demand to plan an assassination attempt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in April 2017, after Syria launched chemical attacks in the Damascus suburbs.
"Thank you, President Trump".
The exchange got really heated when Trump scolded Stahl for the way she was conducting the interview.
"I'm not a baby", he added. "But Gen. Mattis is a good guy". I - I - I like - I get along with him, okay? Her next question was, verbatim, "China".More news: Klein Called Cops on 9-Year-Old for Sexual Assault