Trump says defense chief Mattis 'could be' leaving post

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In perhaps the most contentious part of the interview, Stahl wondered why Trump had such a fondness for Chairman Kim Jong Un, considering his dictatorial and unsafe behavior.

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.

Although she says Trump did not fully cooperate with her, Stahl gave the president props for his recent "string of wins".

Here are the other notable moments from Trump's "60 Minutes" appearance.

Stahl, interrupted, "I'm going to change the subject again". That doesn't mean he believes man has anything to do with the planet's warming though. But I think China meddled too.

"I think we have a great cabinet". I have some people that I'm not thrilled 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. "Michael", Stahl had to ask who "they" are.

Trump said, "OK. That's just a figure of speech".

Instead of pressing Trump on these claims, Stahl instead moved immediately to North Korea.

Asked last month about reports he may be leaving, Mr Mattis said, "I wouldn't take it seriously at all.". I'm not a baby. He has often assailed Attorney General Jeff Sessions but declined to fire him for removing himself from oversight of the lengthy investigation of whether Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation and whether Trump as president obstructed justice by trying to thwart the probe. "I would put my money on General Mattis every day of the week and twice on Sunday, in terms of knowing more about military policy, theory, and doctrine". But Gen. Mattis is a good guy.

The president said Mr. Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general, hasn't indicated that he wants to leave his post yet.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speaks during a meeting with Greek Minister of Defense Panagiotis Kammenos after an enhanced honor cordon at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., October 9, 2018. "If I pledge, I'll pledge".

Stahl: "I'm going to run your answer, but you did it four times". I have a very good relationship with him. There is no collusion. That I can tell you. If I pledge, I'll pledge. "But - you know, and in my way, I feel very comfortable here".

First, Stahl seemed to want to conduct a definitive interview with Trump summarizing his presidency so far.

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