President Trump says Defense Secretary Mattis is 'sort of a Democrat'

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The Saudis say they will retaliate against any attempt to punish them over the incident.

Trump is nearly certain to delight on how Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade, each took turns praising the president or amplifying Trump's same criticisms.

"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. But the interview seemed governed by two motives, both of which played into the hands of a media-savvy President whose refusal to play by typical rules of engagement has been at the center of his rise. But he notes that his willingness to sit down with dictators and killers in Russia, China, and North Korea doesn't make him any different than his presidential predecessors. What fell away in editing, or what was barely allowed to happen in the time allotted, were many follow-ups.

President Trump: Look, look.

Lesley Stahl: Do you still think that climate change is a hoax?

Stahl pressed Trump on those September comments.

During the interview, Trump won every argument, writes Variety, because he was utterly unable to brook doubt.

Trump also accused scientists who say hurricanes are getting more frequent and intense because of climate change of having "a very big political agenda".

Not, of course, that those facts will change his mind or even elicit an unexpected answer from the Commander-in-Chief.

"It's up to the president of the United States to decide what he wants to do".

Stahl said she disagrees with Trump on that notion, but she "doesn't wanna have that fight" with him. In perhaps the most contentious part of the interview, Stahl wondered why Trump had such a fondness for Chairman Kim Jong Un, considering his dictatorial and risky behavior. And Trump free-associated there, too.

In her post-interview reflections, Stahl said there was one question he "really didn't want to answer".

The exchange on Mr Mattis came after Mr Trump alluded to upcoming changes in his cabinet, which last week saw the surprise resignation of Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Donald Trump is not the end of America's innocence.

President Donald Trump: It well, let it be an embrace. He may leave. I mean, at some point, everybody leaves. She pushed back in the kind of bantering tone the late correspondent Mike Wallace and founder Don Hewitt established for "60 Minutes" interviews. "And as you can see right here, we are on our way, we just continue doing our job... no problem".

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