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 MattisWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Trump says Gen. Milley 'last person' he'd want to start a coup with Overnight Defense: Former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld dies at 88 | Trump calls on Milley to resign | House subpanel advances Pentagon spending bill 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 TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' 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 PompeoMike PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions MORE replacing Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump House passes legislation to elevate cybersecurity at the State Department Biden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet 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.