Trump is preparing to fire defense secretary Mattis after midterm elections, insiders say
- The New York Times cites information from Department of Defense officials in a report published Saturday
- Trump is said to be frustrated that Mattis has frequently been described as the administration’s ‘adult in the room’
- He also fears the former Marine general is a Democrat ‘at heart’
- Possible replacements for Mattis are senators Tom Cotton and Lindsey Graham
- Both Republicans have signaled they have no interest in the job
Megan Sheets For Dailymail.com
Insiders say President Trump considering replacing Defense Secretary James Mattis (pictured) with a more vocal supporter following the midterm elections
President Donald Trump is thinking about firing Defense Secretary James Mattis following the midterm elections, insiders have revealed.
Citing information from several anonymous Department of Defense officials, the New York Times on Saturday described the deteriorating relationship between Trump and the former Marine general.
The officials claimed that the president is frustrated by the fact that Mattis has frequently been described as the Trump administration’s ‘adult in the room’.
They also said Trump has expressed fears that Mattis is a Democrat ‘at heart’ and noted how he recently changed the defense secretary’s nickname from ‘Mad Dog’ – which Mattis despises – to ‘Moderate Dog’.
According to the report, Mattis’ days in the White House are numbered as Trump looks to replace him with a more vocal supporter.
Possible replacements include Republican senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina – both of whom have signaled they have no interest in the job.
Department of Defense officials claim the president is frustrated by the fact that Mattis has frequently been described as the Trump administration’s ‘adult in the room’
The Times paints a picture of the cordial relationship Trump and Mattis shared toward the beginning of the president’s term, writing about the hamburger dinners they used to share when taking a break from White House business.
Officials say the discontinuation of those dinners is just one sign of a growing rift.
Trump and Mattis have allegedly had heated disagreements over multiple policy issues as well, including the Iran nuclear deal, NATO strategy, military exercises in South Korea and banning transgender people from serving in the military.
Tensions between the pair escalated following the release of Bob Woodward’s bombshell book ‘Fear’ last week, which quotes Mattis comparing Trump to a child.
Woodward writes that the defense secretary had told colleagues Trump was acting like a ‘fifth or sixth grader’ during during a nuclear standoff with North Korea last January.
Mattis denied ever having made the remark.
The senior official has also repeatedly denied allegations that he is the author of last week’s explosive New York Times op-ed detailing discord within the White House.