President Donald Trump ruled that his defense minister, James Mattis, was “a sort of democrat” who could soon leave the government, while vigorously denying “chaos” in the White House.
“I had lunch with him two days ago. I have a very good relationship with him,” Trump said of Mr. Mattis on 60 Minutes on Sunday.
But “it could be” he leaves, he acknowledged.
“I think it’s a kind of democrat, if you want the truth. But General Mattis is a good guy. We get on very well. He could leave. At some point, everyone leaves. Everybody. People are leaving. That’s Washington,” he added in the interview, which should be broadcast on Sunday.
The last book of investigative journalist Bob Woodward, released in September, attributes to Mattis extremely critical remarks about Donald Trump.
Retired general, James Mattis generally avoids any discussion about his relations with the president and does not hesitate to criticize the journalists who mention the divergences appeared over the months with the billionaire republican.
Asked about persistent information about the “chaos” in the White House because of multiple departures or dismissals of officials, Donald Trump assured 60 Minutes that it was “false information.”
“It’s wrong, it’s so wrong,” he said.
But “other people will leave,” he said. “I am reorganizing things and I have the right to do it. ”
“I think we have a fantastic government. I am not happy with some people […]. And I’m more than happy with other people, “he added.