Mattis shut out of major administration decisions: report

Mattis shut out of major administration decisions: report
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Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisMacron: US 'retreat from Syria' won't change mission to eradicate ISIS Poll: Most Americans want US troops in Syria Fox's Griffin: Was told by diplomat that Syria attack was 'direct result' of US pullout decision MORE has been shut out of crucial Trump administration decisions, according to an NBC News report published Monday.

The network said, for example, that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' MORE did not discuss pausing United States military drills with South Korea with Mattis before the landmark summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

One senior White House aide told NBC News that Mattis was aware the president could choose to halt the exercises.

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"He knew that it could have been offered. The president was in the room with the leader of North Korea and made the decision,” that official said.

Trump has grown fed up with Mattis for stalling his policy choices, the report said.

While two former Trump administration officials told NBC that Trump faulted Mattis for the way in which changes to the military's policy on transgender troops unfolded, another source told the news outlet that the policy change was a lengthy push.

The report also referred to the recent changes in Trump's Cabinet, including Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Second Trump-Kim summit planned for next month | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking Afghanistan trip plans | Pentagon warns of climate threat to bases | Trump faces pressure to reconsider Syria exit Pompeo planning to meet with Pat Roberts amid 2020 Senate speculation Trump to meet with top North Korean official to discuss 'fully verified' denuclearization MORE replacing Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonPompeo planning to meet with Pat Roberts amid 2020 Senate speculation Trump concealed details of meetings with Putin from senior officials: report Forget the border wall, a coup in Guatemala is the real emergency MORE and national security adviser John Bolton replacing H.R. McMaster.

Mattis stopped openly opposing Trump's choice to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear accord after McMaster and Tillerson departed, according to the report.