dearJulius.com Write For Us

Trump denies reports he's weighing Mattis replacement

SHARE:

© Provided by The Hill

By Ellen Mitchell, The Hill

President Trump on Wednesday denied reports that he is looking to replace Defense Secretary James Mattis, telling reporters that he is "very happy" with the Pentagon chief.

Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin wrote in an article released earlier Wednesday that the administration has been considering possible replacements for Mattis for weeks. He added that no decisions have been made, though White House officials expect that Mattis will leave his position in the coming months.

Asked if there was any truth to the Post report, Trump pointed to the Defense secretary's statement released the day prior.

"He just made the nicest quote about me I think I've ever had. In fact, [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch [McConnell] has never said anything so nice about me," Trump said of the Kentucky Republican.

Asked if Mattis will stay in the job, Trump replied, "Yeah. He'll stay ... we're very happy with him, we're having a lot of victories, we're having victories that people don't even know about, and he's highly respected all over the world."

Bob Woodward's forthcoming book about the Trump White House names Mattis as having told staffers that Trump had the understanding of a "fifth- or sixth-grader" following a meeting to discuss Korea strategy earlier this year.

Mattis released a statement Tuesday night denying that he ever said or heard the quotes attributed to him in the book.

"While I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility," Mattis said in a statement.

Trump once again called Woodward's book "a total piece of fiction" on Wednesday and said Mattis "was totally, not even misquoted, he never made the statement."

"He came out with the statement that, honestly I've heard over the years that Gen. Mattis is an intellect, and when I read his statement, I asked him whether or not this was true. He said 'not only is it not true, I'd like to write a statement.' And I said 'Thank you very much, that's very kind.' He wrote the most beautiful statement. No. I think he's a terrific person. He's doing a fantastic job as secretary."

"And I did appreciate his statement," Trump added. "He didn't have to write that statement. But I did appreciate it, and I appreciated the statement of [chief of staff] John Kelly, and I appreciated the statement of many others."

COMMENTS



Note: If you think this story need more information or correction, feel free to comment below your opinion and reaction.
Name

Opinion,325,Politics,1434,
ltr
item
Politics - U.S. Daily News: Trump denies reports he's weighing Mattis replacement
Trump denies reports he's weighing Mattis replacement
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IKeSKBrN_FE/W5Eby_udFaI/AAAAAAAA8v0/CqJ4ubFS_HM5-E3wpruZYcuH98PdrOSCQCLcBGAs/s1600/4.jpg
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IKeSKBrN_FE/W5Eby_udFaI/AAAAAAAA8v0/CqJ4ubFS_HM5-E3wpruZYcuH98PdrOSCQCLcBGAs/s72-c/4.jpg
Politics - U.S. Daily News
https://politics.dailynews.us.com/2018/09/trump-denies-reports-hes-weighing.html
https://politics.dailynews.us.com/
https://politics.dailynews.us.com/
https://politics.dailynews.us.com/2018/09/trump-denies-reports-hes-weighing.html
true
7025300104501306591
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read More Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share. STEP 2: Click the link you shared to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy