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 Mattis16 times Trump said ISIS was defeated, or soon would be Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief under investigation over Boeing ties | Trump uses visual aids to tout progress against ISIS | Pentagon, Amnesty International spar over civilian drone deaths Pentagon watchdog probing whether acting chief boosted Boeing 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: 'Haven't thought about' pardons for Mueller target Pence: Rocket attack 'proves that Hamas is not a partner for peace' Conservation remains a core conservative principle 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 PompeoIlhan Omar tells Muslim group to 'raise hell' over discrimination Seven questions AIPAC attendees should ask of Democratic presidential wannabes Five things to watch as AIPAC conference kicks off MORE replacing Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonMueller's end: A conclusion on collusion, but confusion on obstruction  Pompeo jokes he'll be secretary of State until Trump 'tweets me out of office' Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN ambassador job 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.