Published: Mon, October 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

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

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

President Donald Trump: I tell you what I don't wanna do.

Trump responded that while he won't pledge anything, he has "no intention of doing that".

When pressed about Mattis, Trump denied that the legendary general had needed to educate the president about NATO's role when Trump was seeking greater contributions from member nations. 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.

He then said he thought he treated Dr. Ford with respect, leading to Stahl pointing out he ALSO basically told his followers she was lying about everything. "Everybody. People leave. That's Washington".

Trump is nearly certain to delight on how Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade, each took turns praising the president or amplifying Trump's same criticisms.

President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House earlier this month.

("I don't want to hurt jobs", he explained.) Trump acknowledged that son-in-law Jared Kushner gave Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman a ring to personally inquire into the country's possible culpability and even murder of Khashoggi.

The interview followed an ABC News exclusive with first lady Melania Trump, in which she said she has warned her husband that he can not trust some of the key people around him.

"I have some people that I'm not thrilled with", Trump said.


The Saudis say they will retaliate against any attempt to punish them over the incident.

"Do you still think that climate change is a hoax?".

"So I always used to say the toughest people are Manhattan real estate guys and blah, blah". It was also quite clever in exposing what I am sure many citizens see as the arrogance of the press, with Stahl assuming the right to command a public pledge from the president.

In his remarks on Mattis, Trump did not close the door to him remaining in the post as the Pentagon's top civilian, where he has been a stable influence in an administration marked by high turnover. "But I don't know that it's man-made".

I will be interviewed on "60 Minutes" tonight at 7:00 P.M., after National Football League game. "When I say, 'Obama did it, ' you don't want to talk about it".

Stahl: No, it's like an embrace.

Trump: It well, let it be an embrace. So he did not "get the job done".

Western officials privately extol Mattis, whose standing among North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies has risen as they become increasingly bewildered by Trump's policies on trade and Iran and disoriented by his outreach to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I'm not gonna get into it because we won", Trump eventually answered.

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