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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE said in an interview broadcast Sunday that it's possible Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisProgressive House Democrats urge Biden against Defense chief with contractor ties Trump fires Defense chief Mark Esper Talk grows of Trump firings at Pentagon, CIA 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 SessionsAlabama zeroes in on Richard Shelby's future Tuberville incorrectly says Gore was president-elect in 2000 Next attorney general must embrace marijuana law reforms 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) HaleyO'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' New administration, House turnover raise prospects for more diversity on K Street Republicans need a good woman for 2024 MORE announced last week that she would leave her post at the end of the year.