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 MattisShanahan orders new restrictions on sharing of military operations with Congress: report Pentagon reporters left in dark as Iran tensions escalate Trump officials slow-walk president's order to cut off Central American aid: report 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 TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit 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: 1,500 troops heading to Mideast to counter Iran | Trump cites Iran tensions to push through Saudi arms sale | Senate confirms Army, Navy chiefs before weeklong recess Senators say Trump using loophole to push through Saudi arms sale Trump to send 1,500 troops to Middle East to counter Iran MORE replacing Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonEx-Trump campaign adviser on Tillerson remarks: Trump will 'pick a fight with anybody' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi fires back in feud with Trump Trump fires back at 'dumb as a rock' Tillerson on Putin 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.