- The Washington Times - Monday, November 5, 2018

President Trump said Monday that he’s likely to shake up his Cabinet after the midterm elections, but Defense Secretary James N. Mattis’ job is safe.

“Administrations make changes usually after midterms, and probably we’ll be right in that category too,” Mr. Trump told reporters. “I think it’s very customary.”

Among the likeliest departures is Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The president said he expects to nominate a replacement for U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley by end of this week; he has called State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert a strong contender.

Asked if he will be replacing Mr. Mattis, the president replied, “Why would I do that? Is that the new rumor? No.”

Asked about embattled Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Mr. Trump said he would “take a look” at reports of ethics violations. But he said Mr. Zinke “has done a very good job.”

“For the most part, I love my Cabinet,” Mr. Trump said.

• Dave Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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