"I think he's sort of a Democrat, if you want to know the truth", Trump said of Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general whose military record Trump once touted. "And I have other people that I'm beyond thrilled with", the president said, according to a transcript provided by CBS.
He said he's entitled to staff shakeups and has "phenomenal" people on standby to come work for his administration.
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But for a media that the United States president often accuses of twisting his words, and publishing "fake news" the media outlets did little to contradict his words. I'll give you an example: They are ordering military equipment.
"No, it's like an embrace", Stahl said.
DONALD TRUMP: - was formed in order to take advantage of us on trade, and that's what they've done.
Asked if he still believes CLIMATE CHANGE IS A HOAX, Trump replied, "I think something's happening... and it'll change back again".
Mr Mattis is not political by nature, and previously made no secret of the fact that he was not looking to become secretary of defence - or even return to Washington - when Mr Trump was elected. "They wouldn't be able to help me at all". But I don't know that it's manmade.
In his remarks on Mattis, Trump did not close the door to him remaining in the post as the Pentagon's top civilian, where he has been a stable influence in an administration marked by high turnover.
"The Senate must watch over the Attorney General and (Secretary of Defense) positions or we will be in peril", McCaffrey tweeted. Many of Stahl's questions seemed based on the idea that Trump could be brought to more thoughtful responses through earnest questioning that treaded somewhat lightly. On Sunday night, though, we got a clearer view at what power looks like when unleashed from moral standards and aspirations: It looks like a shrug when a journalist is murdered. That I can tell you. I don't want to lose millions and millions of jobs. When I was 18, I joined the Marine Corps, and in the USA military we are proudly apolitical. "I don't want to be put at a disadvantage", he said.
"I'm not a baby", he added. I also pointed out the way he kissed up to Fox at his last rally in MS telling the audience how much he loved each of the prime time hosts - and doing so by name.