Mattis says Trump is ‘100 percent’ with him

Mattis says Trump is ‘100 percent’ with him

Mattis says Trump is ‘100 percent’ with him

President Donald Trump said in a TV interview Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, referring to him "sort of a Democrat", "could be" leaving his post relatively soon. "And the legacy of the war has turned into, actually, a basis for defence cooperation", Mattis said.

Stahl: I want to read you his resume, okay?

On Oct. 14, CBS's "60 Minutes" aired an interview with President Donald Trump - rare for its status as having appeared outside of Fox News or conservative media.

"It could be that he is". But Gen. Mattis is a good guy.

Trump added that he and Mattis "get along very well".

Asked if that meant he was not a registered member of either major political party, he replied, "I've never registered for any political party". Mattis said he had not. "I'm on his team, ' he said. When I was 18 I joined the Marine Corps, and in the USA military we are proudly apolitical".

Asked whether he was a Democrat, Mattis called himself "proudly apolitical" and said he had never registered for any political party.

Mattis's fate has been the subject of intense speculation for months. That means respect for worldwide rules and for all nations' sovereignty, whether they're large or small, he said.

Inside the book, written by veteran journalist Bob Woodward, Mattis was said to have brushed off a directive from Trump to assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The defense secretary's comments come after Mr. Trump told CBS' Lesley Stahl that there were "some people" in his administration that he's "not thrilled with".

Trump is looking to reshape his cabinet after the mid-term elections, which will determine whether the Democrats can regain some degree of power after a total and humiliating defeat in 2016. "It's up to the president of the United States to decide what he wants to do".

"There's no daylight between the secretary and the president when it comes to the unwavering support of our military", Dana White, the Pentagon press secretary, told The New York Times in September.

Mattis sought to portray national defense as an issue above partisan politics.

Mattis criticized what he called China's "predatory economic behavior, ' in which massive debt is placed on developing countries to pay for Chinese-funded infrastructure projects".

Experts have said that the trip is part of the USA plan to include Vietnam in a defence cooperation network to deal with regional security challenges, including Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea.

The US, he told reporters in Paris, is "keenly aware of the dangers close to your home".

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