Defense Secretary Jim Mattis does not think the free press is the 'enemy of the American people,' in spite of his boss' declaration otherwise.
'I don't have any issues with the press, myself,' Mattis said on Sunday.
The Pentagon chief broke ranks with President Donald Trump in remarks to reporters traveling with him in the United Arab Emirates, after he was questioned about Trump's tweet on Friday that branded the press 'the enemy of the American people.'
Mattis, a retired Marine general seen as one of the most influential voices in Trump's cabinet, did not mention his boss by name, but did take an entirely different position.
'I've had some rather contentious times with the press. But no, the press, as far as I'm concerned, are a constituency that we deal with,' he said. 'Welcome to democracy.'