Trump mulling whether to replace Mattis after midterms

President Trump has reportedly weighed replacing Defense Secretary James Mattis after the November midterm elections.

White House aides told The New York Times for a story published Saturday that Trump has mulled tapping a new Pentagon chief who would be a more like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in being a vocal supporter of his policies.

Trump and Mattis have reportedly butted heads over a number of policy issues, such as banning transgender people from serving in the military, military exercises with South Korea and the United States' posture toward NATO.

The Times, citing multiple current and former officials, reported that Trump chafes at comparisons with Mattis that cast the former Marine as the adult in the room. 

Aides also told the Times that Mattis has grown weary of beating back requests from Trump that he disagrees with while taking great pains to appear publicly loyal to the president.

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