Bolton And His Deputy Launch Whisper Campaign To Oust Mattis

on July 11, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JULY 11: (From L to R) Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, National Security Advisor John Bolton and new B... BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JULY 11: (From L to R) Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, National Security Advisor John Bolton and new British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt attend the opening ceremony at the 2018 NATO Summit at NATO headquarters on July 11, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. Leaders from NATO member and partner states are meeting for a two-day summit, which is being overshadowed by strong demands by U.S. President Trump for most NATO member countries to spend more on defense. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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White House National Security Adviser John Bolton is reportedly behind rumors that Defense Secretary James Mattis is on his way out the door, Foreign Policy reported.

A former senior defense official told Foreign Policy that Bolton and his deputy, Mira Ricardel, think Mattis is “not ideologically aligned” with President Donald Trump. The two are reportedly behind whispers that his departure is imminent.

“(They want) to build the sense that he is done for,” the former defense official told Foreign Policy. “They have the knives out.”

For months, reports have surfaced that Trump and Mattis no longer get along and that Mattis is on his way out of the administration, which has all been denied by the Defense Department.

During an interview with “60 Minutes” earlier this month, Trump gave his strongest indication yet that there may be truth to some of the rumors that he and Mattis’s relationship is disintegrating. He called Mattis a “Democrat,” a clear insult in the Trump playbook.

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