Mattis Shows How to Split With Trump Without Provoking Him – The New York Times

“WASHINGTON — Nearly all of President Trump’s top national security officials have been the target of his ire, whether it was privately dressing down his attorney general, publicly disagreeing with his top diplomat or musing about exiling his national security adviser to Afghanistan.But not Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Eight months into the job, Mr. Mattis has exhibited a political deftness that has eluded other members of Mr. Trump’s cabinet. None has managed to steer a path so different from the president’s without incurring his wrath and while deflecting attention over apparent or genuine splits.”

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David Lindsay:  Mattis is learning from Rex Tillerson, and vice versa. They are close to each other and with McMasters, but it was Tillerson who started out avoiding reporters and the limelight, to manage successfully a difficult relationship with the president.


About David Lindsay Jr

David Lindsay is the author of "The Tay Son Rebellion, Historical Fiction of Eighteenth- Century Vietnam," that covers a bloody civil war from 1770 to 1802. It was published by Footmad and Cherry Blossom Press on September 11, 2017. Find more about it at, also known as,
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