Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Mattis works to dispel rumors, says Trump is '100 percent' with him

Mattis works to dispel rumors, says Trump is '100 percent' with him

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". "People leave. That's Washington".

In his wide-ranging interview with "60 Minutes", Trump sparked speculation that Mattis' days may be numbered after saying he was unsure about the defense secretary's future in the administration.

Trump also accused scientists who say hurricanes are getting more frequent and intense because of climate change of having "a very big political agenda".

Mattis, 68, a four-star Marine Corps general until he retired in 2013, was one of the first officials to be confirmed to Trump's cabinet. "He hasn't told me that".

It also reflects a White House headed by a president who is increasingly frustrated with his team, and more willing to follow his own counsel in matters of domestic and foreign policy.

"He may leave, ' Trump continued". There're some people that I'm not happy with.

Mattis, speaking to reporters before landing in Vietnam on Tuesday, said he received the reassurance from Trump in a phone call during his almost 20-hour flight from Washington. "And I have other people that I'm beyond thrilled with".

Mattis left Central Command and retired from the military in 2013.

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"And then you're seeing, too, that we continue to sail through areas, but even if you go back to when President Obama and President Xi were meeting in the Rose Garden, President Xi vowed that he would not militarise the Spratly Islands for example".

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

Mattis denied making the comments and dismissed Woodward's reporting as fiction. "We have never talked about me leaving", he told reporters as he flew from Washington to Ho Chi Minh City at the start of his Asia trip.

The US remains highly concerned with China's continued militarisation in the disputed South China Sea and its "predatory economic behaviour", Defense Secretary James Mattis has said. I don't think it's a hoax. When Mattis was nominated, Trump took to referring to him by a nickname he detests: "Mad Dog". And, like Melania Trump's utterly-on-message, relentlessly forward-moving TV interview, the President's interview had effectively the same impact as a rally; it allowed him to bulldoze his chief enemy, the media, while airing his own points at ceaseless length.

She asked the president if Mattis was going to leave. Mr Mattis said he had not.

Mattis has been careful to avoid public conflict with Trump, but has nonetheless performed in ways that contrast sharply with his boss, emphatically defending the USA commitment to its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and calling out Russian Federation.

Mattis flew to Vietnam for his second visit this year to the country with which the USA fought a 10-year war.

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