Donald Trump's 60 Minutes interview: eight takeaways

Danny Woods
October 15, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump has indicated that he isn't sure how long his Defense Secretary James Mattis plans to stay in his administration.

Trump said he had lunch with Mattis two days earlier and the retired Marine four-star general had not told him that he was leaving. "I think it's a very unfair investigation because there was no collusion of any kind", Trump told CBS' "60 Minutes" in an interview that aired Sunday.

"Do you really think I'd call Russian Federation to help me with an election?"

"Give me an example", she asked. "You have to be flexible about linguistic peculiarities [of Trump's comment], there could surely be no other answer whatsoever", he told Russian media on Monday. But I don't know that it's man-made. I was very disappointed.

Mattis' potential departure would be the latest of many high-profile figures who have been fired or have resigned from the Trump administration, from former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to Department of Health Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

60 Minutes' Lesley Stahl was thought by many Republicans to be rude because she interrupted the President so many times.

"I think I'm very tough with him personally".

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"And then I watched you mimic her and thousands of people were laughing at her", Stahl explained.

Responding to a question about whether Matthis was going to leave, Trump said: "It could be that he is". "He may leave. I mean, at some point everybody leaves".

Following his victory in 2016, Trump tapped Mattis to be defense secretary, a position he secured after Congress passed a waiver allowing him to take the civilian post shortly after his retirement from the military. Something's changing and it'll change back again. "I was just saying she didn't seem to know anything and you tried to destroy the life of a man who has been extraordinary". I know these things.

"But I rely on them, it's not in our country", he added. "I'm not saying that as a soundbite".

Asked about Trump's remarks, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Rob Manning said in a brief statement: "Secretary Mattis is laser-focused on doing his job - ensuring the US military remains the most lethal force on the planet".

Trump's speech was factually inaccurate, Dr. Ford did have a lot of information, described the house in such great detail that reporters were able to locate the house the assault likely occurred in and which friend of Kavanaugh's lived there at the time.

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