A U.S. defense official told Task & Purpose that Mattis "has a good working relationship with [Bolton] and chuckles at these kinds of stories." Mattis himself put things more bluntly: “We all have a job to do. I do my duty and let God sort out the rest.”
Since Ricardel joined the NSC, Mattis has had to deal with a never-ending series of stories hinting that he is about to resign or the president wants to fire him. On an Oct. 14 episode of “60 Minutes,” Trump called Mattis “sort of a Democrat,” which fueled speculation of Mattis’ imminent departure.
But the day after the interview aired, Mattis told reporters he spoke to Trump, who told him, “I’m with you 100 %,” according to a pool report of the exchange.
Vice President Mike Pence repeated President Donald Trump's claim that "ISIS has been defeated" in Syria on Wednesday just hours after several U.S. service members were killed by an ISIS suicide bomber in Manbij, Syria.
Soldiers, family and community gathered in Morehead City to render honors and witness the transfer and memorial of U.S. Army Sgt James Slape Nov. 9-11, 2018. Slape will hold a temporary resting place in Morehead City before ultimately moving to Arlington Cemetery. Slape supported Operations Resolute Support and Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt Leticia Samuels, North Carolina National Guard)
An ISIS suicide bomber killed four Americans in Manbij, Syria, on Wednesday.
Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., center, members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, are disagreeing with President Donald Trump's sudden decision to pull all 2,000 U.S. troops out of Syria, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. (Associated Press/J. Scott Applewhite)
Sen. Lindsey Graham essentially laid the deaths of the unknown number of U.S. soldiers killed in a suicide bombing in Manbij, Syria, on Wednesday at the feet of President Donald Trump during a hearing on Capitol Hill, Bloomberg News reports.