Trump says Mattis is 'sort of a Democrat'

Elias Hubbard
October 15, 2018

Hertling, who has sparred with the president in the past was unsparing after host Brooke Baldwin played a clip from Trump's recent interview with "60 Minutes", in which the president claimed he knew more about North Atlantic Treaty Organisation than his Secretary of Defense.

Asked last month about reports he may be leaving, Mr Mattis said, "I wouldn't take it seriously at all.".

Trump promised there would be "SEVERE PUNISHMENT" FOR THE SAUDIS if Saudi Arabia is found to be behind journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance - though he seems loathe to impose meaningful sanctions, especially when it comes to reneging on a sizeable military equipment contract. I think I know more about it than he does.

President Donald Trump: Well, there's a lot at stake. "And I know more about it from the standpoint of fairness, that I can tell you". He won every segment of the interview because he was utterly unable to brook doubt - and, at this point, a broadcast dealing with a president who can not face facts must be armed with real facts of their own.

Trump, during his 21-month administration, has fired or pushed out dozens of key officials, or watched as others he liked have resigned, including United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley, who last week said she would be leaving her post at the end of the year.

Not, of course, that those facts will change his mind or even elicit an unexpected answer from the Commander-in-Chief.

Asked what he has learned and what he was most surprised by since becoming president, Trump, who never held political office before entering the White House, bemoaned the political atmosphere in Washington.

Stahl said she disagrees with Trump on that notion, but she "doesn't wanna have that fight" with him.

Trump said the two maintained "a very good relationship", but he allowed for the possibility Mattis would leave.

As an interviewer, Stahl did most of the right things, according to the rules of traditional journalism. And maybe especially so because this man was a reporter. But even as Trump was unwilling to play along, the questions got no harder. The veteran anchor constantly interrupted the commander-in-chief, who was eager to delve deeper into his favorite topic - the dishonesty of mainstream media - while Stahl was pressing him for a "yes" or "no" answer on the fate of the Russian Federation probe, the migrant family separation policy and the chances for any more cabinet reshuffles. Trump lied. He questioned the credibility of climate scientists and heaped praise on Kim Jong-un. He may leave. I mean, at some point, everybody leaves.

Stahl has interviewed Trump as a candidate, as president elect and now as president. Lesley, they treat me worse.

STAHL: What about General Mattis?

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