Cristina Cabrera

Cristina Cabrera is the social media editor at TPM based in New York. Previously, she worked for Vocativ and interned at USA Today and New York 1 News. She received her B.A at NYU. Follow her on Twitter @crismcabrera

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The relationship between President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis has deteriorated to the point where Trump is worried that Mattis is secretly a Democrat, according to a Saturday New York Times story.

While Trump still publicly stands by his defense secretary, the Times paints a picture of a president who is increasingly resentful of Mattis’ apolitical stance and the perception that Mattis is the only adult in the room.

For his part, Mattis is reportedly getting tired of having to be that adult. He clashed with Trump over NATO and war games with South Korea, and the hiring of national security advisor deputy Mira Ricardel has further strained his relationship with the White House.

Mattis’ friends tell the Times that the defense secretary doesn’t want the military to be seen as a political tool. He avoids interviews so he won’t be seen publicly disagreeing with Trump, but he’s not willing to lavish Trump with praise.

That seems to be a problem for Trump, who’s made it clear that loyalty is crucial in his administration.

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Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Friday that Paul Manafort is still “not disqualified” from potentially getting pardoned by President Donald Trump, even after Manafort agreed to a plea deal requiring total cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

“I don’t have any reason to believe it’s happening now, but I also don’t have any reason to preclude it in the future,” Giuliani told the New York Daily News.

The lawyer insisted that Trump isn’t worried about anyone flipping “as long as they tell the truth.”

“And certainly Paul would do that,” said Giuliani.

When news broke of Manafort’s shocking plea deal on Friday after he was charged with two counts of conspiracy, the Trump legal team issued a statement insisting that the ex-Trump campaign manager’s cooperation agreement has “nothing to do with President Trump or the Trump campaign.”

Before the bombshell deal, Trump said he felt “very badly” for Manafort and praised him for refusing to “break” to investigators – or as Trump described it, “make up stories in order to get a ‘deal.'”

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