Military

Trump fuels Mattis departure speculation: He's "sort of a Democrat"

James Mattis
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President Trump told CBS News' Lesley Stahl in a "60 Minutes" episode, which airs Sunday night, that he thinks Secretary of Defense James Mattis is "sort of a Democrat, if you want to know the truth."

The big picture: While Mattis has denied reports that he's thinking of leaving his post at the Pentagon, Trump says on "60 Minutes" that while he hasn't been told anything, "[h]e may leave. I mean, at some point, everybody leaves." Trump also said he has "people now on standby" to fill administration positions.

Pentagon travel records compromised in cyber breach

Defense Secretary Mattis stands in front of Pentagon sign.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

A cyber breach of Defense Department travel records may have affected up to 30,000 workers, first reported by the Associated Press, and compromised credit card and personal information of both civilian and military personnel, but did not compromise classified information.

The details: Defense Department spokesman Lt. Col. Joe Buccino told Axios in a statement "[0]n October 4, the Department of Defense identified a breach of personally identifiable information of DoD personnel that requires congressional notification... This vendor was performing a small percentage of the overall travel management services of DoD." The breach comes days after a Government Accountability Office report found cyber vulnerabilities in U.S. military weapons systems.