Washington: US President Donald Trump is seeking to replace Defence Secretary Jim Mattis mainly because of the sharp differences between them, a report in The Washington Post has claimed.
The report quoted an unnamed White House official as saying that speculation about a replacement was now “more real than ever” after revelations in famed investigative journalist Bob Woodward’s upcoming book titled “Fear: Trump in the White House”. However, Trump, soon after the publication of the report denied such a move and said Mattis is doing a fantastic job.
Mattis is in India along with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to attend the maiden India-US 2+2 dialogue being hosted by their Indian counterparts External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. “Well before this week’s revelations about President Trump’s interactions with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Bob Woodward’s new book, officials inside the White House have been actively discussing who will replace Mattis at the Pentagon whenever he might step down,? the daily reported.