Trump unsure if Mattis will stay: 'He's sort of a Democrat'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Congress eyes billion to billion to combat coronavirus Sanders makes the case against Biden ahead of SC primary MORE said in an interview broadcast Sunday that it's possible Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisFed chief issues stark warning to Congress on deficits Why US democracy support matters Hillicon Valley: DOJ indicts four Chinese military officers over Equifax hack | Amazon seeks Trump deposition in 'war cloud' lawsuit | Inside Trump's budget | Republican proposes FTC overhaul MORE will leave his administration.

Trump told Lesley Stahl of "60 Minutes" that Mattis hasn't told him that he intends to leave his post, but demurred when asked if he'd like to see the general depart the Cabinet.

"I have a very good relationship with him," Trump said. "I had lunch with him two days ago. I have a very good relationship with him. It could be that he is."

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"I think he's sort of a Democrat, if you want to know the truth," the president continued. "But Gen. Mattis is a good guy. We get along very well. He may leave. I mean, at some point, everybody leaves. Everybody. People leave. That's Washington."

Mattis's departure has been the subject of speculation for weeks, with multiple news outlets reporting that Trump has been weighing potential replacements.

The president later denied those reports, citing Mattis's response to Bob Woodward's book, "Fear: Trump in the White House," which reported exchanges in which the Defense secretary criticizes the president to other staffers and questions Trump's understanding of key issues.

Mattis, 68, issued a statement denying he said anything attributed to him in the book, calling the work "fiction." He later told reporters not to take rumors of his exit seriously.

The president told "60 Minutes" that there are some Cabinet members he's "not happy with" and acknowledged there are likely to be more departures. 

In addition to Mattis, numerous reports in recent months have focused on the uncertain future of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDOJ puts its integrity in doubt by interfering with immigration courts Trump shakes up Justice Department, intelligence community Do people think ill of Jeff Sessions merely based on the sound of his voice? MORE. Trump has openly criticized his attorney general on several occasions, but said that the former Alabama senator would be safe at least until the midterms.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyNikki Haley responds to Biden: 'I will put my brain up against yours anytime' The Hill's Morning Report - Can Sanders be stopped? I'll sit out this presidential election because of the yahoos running MORE announced last week that she would leave her post at the end of the year.