… News broke that author Bob Woodward’s upcoming book portrays Mattis as frustrated with President Trump, especially after a meeting about North Korea, when the defense secretary allegedly vented to colleagues that Trump has the understanding of a “fifth- or sixth-grader.” (Mattis has called Woodward’s account “fiction.”)
So far, Trump has publicly supported Mattis, telling reporters on Wednesday the defense secretary will stay in his current job and he believes the quotes attributed to Mattis in Woodward’s book are fabricated.
“I asked him whether or not this was true,” Trump said as he met with Republican lawmakers. “He said: ‘Not only is it not true; I’d like to write a statement.’ I said: ‘Thank you very much. That’s very nice.’ He wrote the most beautiful statement. I think he’s a terrific person. He’s doing a fantastic job as secretary of defense.”
Despite Trump’s tweets in support of Mattis, the Washington Post reports that the White House is considering potential replacements.
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