The Dumbest Moments From Trump’s ‘60 Minutes’ Interview

President Donald Trump says he has a "very good relationship" with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis even though he thinks the Pentagon chief is "sort of a Democrat". "Frankly, I like Gen. Mattis, [but] I think I know more about it than he does".

President Trump: - a very good relationship with him.

"I have people now on standby that will be phenomenal", Trump said. It could be that he is.

"It could be that he is" planning to depart, Trump said, according to an excerpt of a transcript released on Sunday before the show airs. We get along very well. "I mean, at some point, everybody leaves. Everybody. People leave. That's Washington". But it felt like a missed opportunity that both so many ardent Trump fans and so many in the hazy middle tuned into an interview with the President and found so much of what was put to him phrased in loose, conversational terms. When Trump moved to scrap the nuclear deal with Iran, Mattis, a hardliner on Iran's "malign influence" in the region, said that elements of the deal restricting Iran's nuclear and missile programs should be preserved.

Trump confessed, "Had we not made that speech we would not have won".

In his last years as commander of Central Command, Mattis was at odds with the Obama administration over its policy toward Iran, with the Marine general taking a harder line about pursuing action against Iran than the White House wanted.

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NASA said it was dusting off plans which would allow it to operate the space station without a crew. It read: "NASA is working closely with Roscosmos to ensure the safe return of the crew".

Stahl sparred with Trump in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, citing the recent trend of powerful storms.

I was part of a discussion Sunday on CNN's "Reliable Sources" about this major shift in Trump's media strategy.

Trump reportedly has become irritated with Mattis' reputation of being the "adult in the room", and is looking to make a number of changes to his Cabinet after the midterms, including naming a new attorney general after a long public feud with Sessions. ("I don't want to hurt jobs", he explained.) Trump acknowledged that son-in-law Jared Kushner gave Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman a ring to personally inquire into the country's possible culpability and even murder of Khashoggi.

When pressed about Mattis, Trump denied that the legendary general had needed to educate the president about NATO's role when Trump was seeking greater contributions from member nations. "I wish you could go to Greenland", Stahl mused in the brief portion of the interview dealing with climate change, "watch these huge chunks of ice just falling into the ocean, raising the sea levels". I will say this.

In her post-interview reflections, Stahl said there was one question he "really didn't want to answer". I don't think it's a hoax; I think there's probably a difference.

"Lesley, it's okay. In the meantime, I'm president-and you're not."

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