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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis listens as U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions during a meeting with military leaders in the Cabinet Room on October 23, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Trump reportedly told the Pentagon to increase the defense budget to $750 billion after saying he would cut spending by 5%

After announcing plans to cut military spending, President Trump has reportedly asked Jim Mattis to prepare a $750 billion budget proposal for 2020.

The first group of caravan migrants has reached the US border while thousands of others lag behind — here’s what awaits them when they arr...

The first groups of caravan migrants reached the US border this week, hundreds of miles ahead of the main caravan of thousands of others.

Trump says Mattis is ‘sort of a Democrat’ and that the defense secretary ‘may leave’ the administration

President Donald Trump told CBS' "60 Minutes" that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is "sort of a Democrat" and that "he may leave" the administration after months of speculation on the former Marine Corps General's standing.
President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Mattis jokes that leaving DC could make him cry with joy amid rumors of his departure

"I stand here in your beautiful town, your beautiful school with mixed emotions. I’m so happy to be out of Washington, D.C. right now I could cry."
President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis during a cabinet meeting at the White House, March 13, 2017.

‘I love it here’: Mattis cracked a few jokes about rumors he could soon be out at the Pentagon

Mattis is highly regarded, but he hasn't been able to avoid the fray of the Trump White House. Several reports of his departure have emerged, but both he and Trump deny there is a rift.

Trump is reportedly thinking about getting rid of Mattis, and he’s given ‘Mad Dog’ a new nickname

President Donald Trump seemed enamored of Jim Mattis as the beginning of his term, but rumors continue to swirl about a rift between the president and his defense chief, and Trump has replaced "Mad Dog" with a more modest nickname, Politico reported.

Blackwater founder Erik Prince is pushing to privatize America’s costly war in Afghanistan — and going on cable TV to persuade Trump

Billionaire Blackwater founder Erik Prince has revived his vision for the privatization of America's war in Afghanistan. The former Navy SEAL and businessman claims his plan will turn around the bloody conflict the US has been fighting for 17 years with no end in sight.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis during a visit to the Monument to the Dead of World War II in Rio de Janeiro, August 14, 2018.

Mattis gave a blunt warning against generals becoming politicians, and in neighboring country where this is happening

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is traveling through South America to boost US ties, and while in Brazil, he was about the military's role in politics — a touchy subject in Latin America's biggest country.
President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Trump is reportedly turning on Mattis and taking US military matters into his own hands

Trump has made a number of snap decisions that have met with slow responses from Mattis and the Pentagon. In 2017, Trump announced a ban on transgender people joining the US military. Four federal courts struck down the order and by the end of the year Mattis was accepting transgender troops again.

Mattis hints at new Navy aircraft carrier strategy to throw off Russia and China in a potential future war

Mattis wants to "ensure that preparation for great power competition [with Russia and China] drives us, not simply a rotation schedule that allows me to tell you three years from now that allows me to tell you which aircraft carrier will be where in the world,"