President Donald J. Trump departs from the Pentagon alongside Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Jan. 27, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr)

President Donald Trump called then-Defense Secretary James Mattis and other top Pentagon leaders "dopes and babies" during an intense 2017 meeting, according to a new book about the president.

The incident happened in July 2017 when Trump arrived at the Pentagon for an expansive briefing on the post-World War II international order, according to Washington Post reporters Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig in their upcoming book A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America.

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Elizabeth Warren (Associated Press photo)

Editor's note: Task & Purpose is determined to provide readers with the most detailed information possible about how the Democrats running for president would serve as commander in chief if elected.

While the candidates rarely talk about national security issues, we want to drill down on the specifics of how they would address the biggest challenges facing troops, veterans, and military families.

Below, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) answers questions from Pentagon correspondent Jeff Schogol about Iran, the F-35, and whether defense spending would conflict with her plans to expand entitlement programs, such as Medicare.

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A 2012 photo of Rep. Matt Shea (Wikipedia Commons)

Just minutes after the release of an investigative report that accuses Washington state Rep. Matt Shea of engaging in domestic terrorism, his Republican House colleagues Thursday stripped his name and face from their website, moved his office and suspended him from their caucus.

But they're not ready to expel him from the Legislature. And Ammon Bundy, who the report accuses Shea of collaborating with, disputed its findings.

Democratic and Republican state House leaders united to call for Shea's resignation in the wake of the explosive report, but they're not committing to removing the Spokane Valley lawmaker from office.

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A 2012 photo of Rep. Matt Shea (Wikipedia Commons)

(Reuters) - Washington state Republican lawmakers urged one of their members to resign after a state report found that he took part in at least three armed conflicts against the U.S. government as part of the right-wing militia movement.

Representative Matt Shea, a Republican representing Washington's 4th legislative district, was a leader in Patriot Movement actions defying federal authority in Nevada, Idaho and Oregon in 2014, 2015 and 2016, including two led by members of the Bundy family, according to a report by the private Rampart Group that was commissioned by the Washington state House of Representatives and released on Thursday.

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Tom Cruise in 1986's 'Top Gun' (Paramount Pictures)

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.

On Wednesday evening, just as President Donald Trump became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached, he was telling a crowd of his supporters in Michigan about how good America's F-35 stealth fighter pilots look.

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Retired Navy Seal Floyd McLendon. (Business Insider)

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.

A retired Navy SEAL running for Congress wore a U.S. Navy dress white uniform at a recent campaign event, Business Insider has learned.

Republican candidate Floyd McLendon of Texas spoke to an audience at his campaign kick-off event in November, wearing the Navy uniform adorned with numerous medals — including what appeared to be the Navy SEAL Trident, the insignia reserved for members of the elite community like McLendon.

The inaugural event in Dallas was held in the 30th congressional district, a different district than the one McLendon is running in. Political strategists in Texas described the venue's location as highly unusual for a House candidate.

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