Are some of Trump’s key Cabinet members thinking about abandoning him?

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, left, talks with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson before President Trump speaks at a dinner with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June. /Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post

By Amber Phillips | The Washington Post

Two of President Trump’s highest-ranking Cabinet officials just took a giant step backward from their boss, raising the question of whether Trump’s inner circle is seriously considering abandoning him.

In separate, jaw-dropping comments that made news over the weekend, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared to distance themselves from the president on his response to the Charlottesville violence and, perhaps, in general.

Here’s Mattis: In a video that surfaced on Facebook over the weekend of Mattis speaking to troops stationed abroad last week, he urged them to “hold the line” and promised the country would “get the power of inspiration back.”


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