The President went on to call his Defense Secretary a “Democrat” when asked whether Mattis was leaving.
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President Donald Trump Says Mattis ‘Could Be’ Leaving Defense Department | Hardball | MSNBC
The defense secretary has laid the groundwork for substantive changes but has yet to cement legacy-defining reforms.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who recently visited Kabul, said on Tuesday that the Afghan government was increasing the vetting and training of local forces in order to minimize so-called insider attacks.
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis made an unexpected trip to Afghanistan Friday, his visit coming as the US tries to make headway in the country after 17 years of war.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Kabul on Friday to meet the new commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan and discuss progress on talks with the Taliban, despite deteriorating security and turmoil within the Afghan government.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis are expected to discuss anti-terrorism, maritime security, China’s influence — and India’s reliance on Iranian oil and Russian arms.
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Trade tensions, threats of sanctions and even President Trump’s reported mocking of the Indian leader have contributed to a suddenly long list of diplomatic challenges.
The defense secretary said support will depend on efforts to avoid civilian casualties after a U.N. report that accused all parties in the war of violating international law.