President Donald Trump is doubling down on his claim that he fired former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who resigned in protest over the president's decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks beside David Bernhardt, acting U.S. secretary of interior, left, and Patrick Shanahan, acting U.S. secretary of defense, during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Credit: Al Drago / Pool via CNP

Providing further proof that we're all dead and this is hell, President Donald Trump spoke about a variety of national security issues during Wednesday's televised cabinet briefing, during which his one-liners came fast and furiously.

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On March 22nd 2017, DHS Secretary John F. Kelly visited ICE HQ to meet with ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan and ICE Senior Leadership. After those two meetings he held a Town Hall with ICE Employees, he also took questions when he was done talking. (DHS)

WASHINGTON – In August 2017, shortly after John F. Kelly became White House chief of staff, he convened crucial meetings on Afghanistan at President Trump's golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

Top officials from the Pentagon and the CIA, the director of national intelligence, diplomats and lawmakers huddled with Trump as Kelly and others urged him not to give up in Afghanistan.

"When I first took over, he was inclined to want to withdraw from Afghanistan," Kelly recounted during an exclusive two-hour interview with the Los Angeles Times.

"He was frustrated. It was a huge decision to make ... and frankly there was no system at all for a lot of reasons — palace intrigue and the rest of it — when I got there."

The retired four-star Marine general will leave the administration on Wednesday. First as Homeland Security chief and then in 18 months at the White House, he presided over some of the Trump administration's most controversial immigration and security policies.

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Chinese spies are eavesdropping on President Donald Trump's cell phone calls with friends and using what they learn to try and sway him on the escalating trade war, according to a new report in The New York Times.

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Mattis: I’m Not A Democrat

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Defense Secretary James Mattis has made clear that he is politically neutral after President Trump recently called him "sort of a Democrat" – potentially a kiss of death in this administration.

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DOD photo / Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith.

Monday afternoon found Defense Secretary James Mattis diving, dipping, ducking, and dodging as a gaggle of reporters pressed him on whether the focus of the U.S. military mission in Syria  has shifted away from ISIS and toward creating a bulwark against Iran.

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