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President Trump says Defense Secretary Mattis is 'sort of a Democrat'

15 October 2018

Stahl, "I disagree but I don't want to have that fight with you".

Asked during a "60 Minutes" interview airing Sunday whether Mattis will step down, Trump says Mattis hasn't told him that.

Stahl brought up Trump's now infamous speech at a political rally in MS in which he mimicked Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who testified before the Senate judiciary committee that Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape her when they were both teenagers.

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As an interviewer, Stahl did most of the right things, according to the rules of traditional journalism. That doesn't mean he believes man has anything to do with the planet's warming though. "Now I say they're babies", Trump said. Something's changing and it'll change back again. "I don't trust everybody in the White House, I'll be honest with you". "The problem was, I was getting to know the leaders".

Correspondent Lesley Stahl came armed for bear, quick to call Trump out on baseless claims and his deferral of certain questions. ("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.

Stahl also pressed Trump about his overtures to Kim, the third-generation dictator of North Korea.

"So I always used to say the toughest people are Manhattan real estate guys and blah, blah".

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Finally, the president revealed his capacity for self-reflection and humility when Stahl asked him if there was anything he wished he hadn't said or done in his nearly two years in office. "I think he's sort of a Democrat, if you want to know the truth", Trump said.

Mattis also disagreed with Trump's decision to halt large-scale joint military exercises with South Korea as the US has tried to engage directly with North Korea to convince Kim Jong Un to halt its nuclear program.

What members of his base will remember are moments like the one when Stahl asked Trump to "pledge" on-air that he would not shut down Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 - a probe that has widened considerably into other realms of Trump's life. If I pledge, I'll pledge. "I wish you could go to Greenland", Stahl mused in the brief portion of the interview dealing with climate change, "watch these huge chunks of ice just falling into the ocean, raising the sea levels".

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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.

President Trump says Defense Secretary Mattis is 'sort of a Democrat'