Trump says Cabinet changes likely after midterms

President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE said Monday he expects to shake up his Cabinet after Tuesday's midterm elections, though he downplayed reports of frequent clashes with top officials.

"Administrations make changes usually after midterms and probably we'll be right in that category. I think it's very customary," Trump told reporters as he departed for a campaign rally in Ohio.

"For the most part, I love my Cabinet," he continued. "We have some really talented people. Look at the deals we're making on trade. Look at the job we've done on so many different things, including foreign affairs. I mean, we've done record-setting work. I don't know that we get the credit for it, but that's OK."


Trump reiterated that he intends to announce his pick for ambassador to the United Nations by the end of the week. He said last week that State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is under "very serious consideration" to replace current Ambassador Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyAmerican women can have it all State denies report ex-spokeswoman received Fox salary while in administration Trump rules out Haley joining 2020 ticket MORE, who is set to depart by year's end.

Trump also indicated he would "take a look" at the allegations that Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkePuerto Rican police fire tear gas at crowds protesting governor Overnight Energy: Trump officials gut DC staff for public lands agency to move West | Democrats slam EPA over scientific boards | Deepwater Horizon most litigated environmental issue of decade Trump officials gut DC staff as public lands agency preps to move out West MORE violated ethics rules, but added he has not yet seen the claims, which have been referred to the Justice Department.

The president said there's no timeline for replacing the head of the Justice Department, despite widespread reports he intends to move on from Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage House gears up for Mueller testimony Trump's no racist — he's an equal opportunity offender MORE once the midterms have passed. Trump has repeatedly chastised Sessions over his decision to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

He also expressed surprise when asked whether he would oust Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisWatchdog: Former Pentagon spokeswoman misused staff for personal errands Senate panel advances Pentagon chief, Joint Chiefs chairman nominees The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment MORE, who has pushed back against rumors of his imminent departure. Trump last month said he was unsure if Mattis would stay on, calling him "sort of a Democrat."

Trump's Cabinet has already experienced significant turnover.

Former Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonPress: Acosta, latest to walk the plank A brief timeline of Trump's clashes with intelligence director Dan Coats What is Trump's Iran end game? MORE was forced out and replaced by Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo: There's 'no indication' Iran will change direction Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Trump confirms he authorized Rand Paul to negotiate with Iran MORE, whose departure as head of the CIA led to Gina Haspel's appointment.

Trump is already on his third national security adviser with John Bolton.

Trump has also had two chiefs of staff and more than one head at the Homeland Security Department, Health and Human Services Department, Veterans Affairs Department and the Environmental Protection Agency.