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President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis offered strikingly different perspectives on Russian President Vladimir Putin in the course of just a few hours on Friday.

Mattis paints Putin as dire threat as Trump goes around flattering him

President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis offered strikingly different perspectives on Russian President Vladimir Putin in the course of a few hours on Friday.

Defense Secretary Mattis explains what war with North Korea would look like

"It would be a war that fundamentally we don't want," Defense Secretary James Mattis said, but "we would win at great cost."
President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Mattis reportedly wanted Congress’ support before striking Syria — but Trump had other plans

Trump reportedly shook off Mattis' suggestion and moved for a faster, more dramatic action in Syria.

It looks like defense secretary James Mattis wants the record to show he urged Trump to be cautious with Syria air strikes

Mattis is concerned aggressive action against Syria could cause chaos or military action by Russia or Iran against US troops.
U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis awaits the arrival of Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani for an Enhanced Honor Cordon and meeting at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., April 9, 2018.

Trump is reportedly pushing for ‘sweeping’ strikes in Syria — but Mattis is pushing back

A White House official told the Wall Street Journal that Trump "wants Mattis to push the limits a little bit more."

MEET THE CABINET: Here are the 24 people Trump has appointed to the top leadership positions

President Donald Trump's Cabinet is in flux again. Meet who he has chosen to counsel him.
U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Ukraine's Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak walk past honour guards during a welcoming ceremony in Kiev, Ukraine August 24, 2017.

The incredible career of Jim Mattis, the legendary Marine general turned defense secretary

Jim Mattis is known as a "Warrior Monk" and "Mad Dog." Here's a look at his 44 years of service.