President Trump Says ‘Unsure’ If Defense Secretary Mattis Will Depart

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -
President Donald Trump with Defense Secretary James Mattis (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

President Donald Trump said he is unsure whether Defense Secretary James Mattis is planning to step down from his post, but told the CBS in a pre-taped interview that the retired general might and that he regards Mattis as “sort of a Democrat.”

“It could be that he is” planning to depart, Trump said, according to an excerpt of a transcript released on Sunday before the interview airs.

“I think he’s sort of a Democrat, if you want to know the truth. But General Mattis is a good guy. We get along very well. He may leave.”