While some Washington insiders have included Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on the list of top Trump administration officials the president is expected to replace following the midterm elections, the Pentagon chief most likely will stay at his post, reports the Washington Post. “Trump is unlikely to fire Mattis, and Mattis — who has backed Trump on his controversial deployment of troops to the U.S. border — is unlikely to resign,” the paper reported. Mattis and Trump have butted heads over a number of issues, including transgender people serving in the military, the Iran nuclear deal and the military’s level of commitment in Syria and Afghanistan. Many assumed Mattis would be leaving after the president suggested that prospect during a “60 Minutes” interview last month.
“He may leave. I mean, at some point, everybody leaves. Everybody. People leave. That’s Washington,” Trump told correspondent Lesley Stahl after speculating that Mattis might be a Democrat.
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