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Mattis is out of the loop and Trump doesn't listen to him, say officials

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https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/mattis-out-loop-trump-doesn-t-listen-him-say-officials-n885796

 

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Defense Secretary James Mattis learned in May from a colleague that President Donald Trump had made the decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal, and scrambled to get his boss on the phone before a formal announcement was made. It wouldn't be the last time he was caught off guard by a presidential announcement.

 

A month later, Mattis was informed that Trump had ordered a pause in U.S. military exercises with South Korea only after the president had already promised the concession to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

 

Last week, Trump again blindsided and overruled his defense secretary by publicly directing the Pentagon to create a sixth military branch overseeing operations in space.

 

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The president is now more inclined to rely on his own instincts or the advice of Pompeo and Bolton, three people familiar with the matter said.

 

One defense official said there is no indication Trump is unhappy with Mattis, just that he is not in the inner decision-making circle anymore. The official said Mattis does not contradict the president publicly or in the media and does not draw the president's ire.

 

 

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The official said Mattis does not contradict the president publicly or in the media and does not draw the president's ire.

 

 

"When you dance with the devil, the devil doesn't change. The devil changes you."

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8 minutes ago, Chairslinger said:

 

 

"When you dance with the devil, the devil doesn't change. The devil changes you."

 

YO, I was trying to get in touch with you about the board reboot. Glad to see you back.

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11 hours ago, SaysWho? said:

 

YO, I was trying to get in touch with you about the board reboot. Glad to see you back.

 

 

You know, out of all the threads over the years, one that really jumped out at me is how big of a bummer it is that we lost the Star Trek impressions thread. Getting to see you go from hesitant to huge fan of TNG reminded a lot of us longtime fans just why we were big fans to begin with. Lots of good discussion on that thread.

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2 hours ago, Chairslinger said:

 

 

You know, out of all the threads over the years, one that really jumped out at me is how big of a bummer it is that we lost the Star Trek impressions thread. Getting to see you go from hesitant to huge fan of TNG reminded a lot of us longtime fans just why we were big fans to begin with. Lots of good discussion on that thread.

 

I mentioned that to some people on Discord. I REALLY liked that discussion thread; that started in the summer and lasted through much of the fall for TNG (and then into DS9). I wish I would have saved the thread just because it was a lot of fun.

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