Trump, Calling Mattis a Democrat, Opens the Door to His Departure

President Donald Trump offered a positive view of his administration's high turnover rate - and did not deny reports that Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis could soon be on his way out.

Mr. Trump questioned the very proposition that he called Russian Federation to help him in the elections. "It could be that he is", Trump told CBS's Lesley Stahl on whether Mattis will leave.

"Well, I don't want to give you an example - remember nobody's been able to do what I do", Trump said, factually inaccurate. "You have to be flexible about linguistic peculiarities [of Trump's comment], there could surely be no other answer whatsoever", he told Russian media on Monday.

"So when I won the presidency - the press treats me terribly - I thought very strongly that, you know, the one great thing will happen is the press will start treating me great". I have a good chemistry with him.

In a comment for BBC last month, UK Security Minister Ben Wallace has suggested that Putin is "ultimately" to blame for the Salisbury poisoning.

"I think we have a great cabinet".

"I think China meddled also", he said. I have a good chemistry with him.

When asked about climate change, Trump backed off his claim that it is a hoax but said he doesn't know if it's man-made.

"There are some people that I'm not happy with". When she asked him how he could "embrace" the brutal dictator, Trump asserted that his brand of diplomacy had helped defang a threat to the U.S. Trump met with Kim in Singapore in June, and the leaders have tentative plans for another session, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

In a lighter moment, Trump said that at the onset of his administration it was "surreal" to refer to himself as the president but over time he's become more comfortable with the title after he "learned on the job". "I'm not saying that as a soundbite".

"Of course, they shouldn't do it", Trump said, "but it's not our country". "He may leave. I mean, at some point everybody leaves". Something's changing and it'll change back again. "I think it's a very unfair investigation because there was no collusion of any kind", he said. "But you know what?"

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.

"Is there anything that you wish you hadn't said, anything you wish you hadn't done?"

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