> US Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis on Tuesday trying to set the record straight on his relationship with President Trump. Before arrivng in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Mattis spoke to reporters addressing rumors that he might be the next top official to leave the White House.>> I'm on his team, we have never talked about me leaving and as you can see right here, we're on our way, we just continue doing our job.
>> Speculation around Mattis' job comes in the wake of a recent 60 minutes interview with Trump, where the President didn't seem so sure about Mattis' future.>> What about General Mattis, is he going to leave?>> Well, I don't know, he hasn't told me that.>> Do you want him to leave?
>> I have a very good relationship with him. I had lunch with him two days ago, I have a very good relationship with him. It could be that he is, I think he's sort of a Democrat, if you wanna know the truth. But General Mattis is a good guy We get along very well.
He may leave, I mean at some point everybody leaves, everybody.>> The 68 year old on Tuesday objecting to the President calling him a Democrat.>> I've never registered for any political party. My portfolio is bipartistian by its very basis and that is the protection of the United States.
That's what President Trump has told me to do, and I eagerly carried that out.>> With a slew of top Trump administration officials quitting, the latest, UN ambassador, Nikki Haley, some have wondered how long Mattis will last. Particularly after Journalists Bob Woodward's book claimed that Mattis had said the President had the understanding of a fifth or sixth grader, comments Mattis strongly denied.
The defense secretary had also disagreed with the President on key policy issues, he pushed to keep the US and the Iran nuclear deal and argued against the cancellation of some military exercises with South Korea. But despite those differences with his boss, Mathis has said on several occasions, he's sticking around.
>> Of course I don't think about leaving, I love it here. I'm thinking about retiring right here, I'll get a little place on the Potomac.>>