Trump prepares to fire Secretary of Defense, Mattis, after mid-term elections, experts say
- The New York Times cites information from Defense Department officials in a report published on Saturday
- It is said that Trump is frustrated because Mattis has been frequently described as the "adult in the room" of the administration.
- He also fears that the former Marine Corps general is a Democrat & # 39; at heart.
- Possible replacements for Mattis are senators Tom Cotton and Lindsey Graham
- Both Republicans have indicated that they have no interest in work
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Informants say that President Trump considers replacing Defense Secretary James Mattis (pictured) with a more enthusiastic follower after the midterm elections
President Donald Trump is thinking of firing Secretary of Defense James Mattis after the mid-term elections, the informants revealed.
Citing information from several anonymous Defense Department officials, the New York Times described on Saturday the deterioration of Trump's relationship with the former Marine Corps general.
Officials said the president is frustrated by the fact that Mattis has often been described as the "adult in the room" of the Trump administration.
They also said that Trump has expressed his fear that Mattis is a Democrat & # 39; from the heart & # 39; and noted how he recently changed the nickname of the defense secretary of & # 39; Mad Dog & # 39 ;, which Mattis despises, to & # 39; Moderate Dog & # 39 ;.
According to the report, Mattis' days in the White House are numbered, as Trump seeks to replace him with a more vocal defender.
Possible replacements include Republican Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina who have indicated that they have no interest in the position.
Defense Department officials say the president is frustrated by the fact that Mattis has often been described as the "adult in the room" of the Trump administration.
The Times paints a picture of the cordial relationship that Trump and Mattis shared toward the beginning of the president's term, writing about the hamburger dinners they used to share when they took a break from White House business.
Officials say the interruption of these dinners is just a sign of a growing gap.
Trump and Mattis also allegedly sparked disagreements over multiple policy issues, including Iran's nuclear agreement, NATO strategy, military exercises in South Korea and a ban on transgender people serving in the military.
Tensions between the couple intensified after the release of Bob Woodward's book of bombs & # 39; Fear & # 39; Last week, he quotes Mattis comparing Trump to a child.
Woodward writes that the defense secretary had told his colleagues that Trump was acting as a "fifth or sixth grade" during a nuclear standoff with North Korea last January.
Mattis denied making the comment.
The senior official has also repeatedly denied accusations that he is the author of last week's explosive New York Times publication detailing the White House's discord.