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James Mattis rejects Trump's claim that he is "sort of a Democrat"

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Secretary of Defense James Mattis has rebuffed President Trump’s notion that he is "sort of a Democrat,” telling reporters on Monday: “I’ve never registered for any political party.”

The back story: Trump, who made the comments duirng his "60 Minutes" interview on Sunday, added that he doesn’t know whether Mattis would be the next major White House departure, but Mattis clarified that the two "never talked about me leaving ... We just continue doing our job." According to the Washington Examiner, Mattis also said he thought “nothing at all” of Trump’s remarks, noting, “I'm on his team."

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