White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Defense Secretary Jim Mattis's decision to retire and President Trump's push for border wall funding.
SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: Look, General Mattis has served President Trump’s administration for almost two years. By the time he completes his time as the Defense secretary he will have been there two years. He’s served our country for over four decades. He served with distinction. He’s an incredible guy and, look, the president and Secretary Mattis have agreed to disagree on a number of topics but they continue to have a good relationship. And I -- I think that this is probably something that will be made into a much bigger thing in the media than it -- than it will be in the White House over the coming weeks. But they’re going to continue to have a good relationship. And again, he has served the president and the country well. And I have a great deal of respect for him, an incredible person and somebody that we’re all proud to have worked with.
Look, again, only one person was elected to be Commander in Chief and to be the President of the United States and that was Donald Trump. Secretary Mattis was selected to be part of the president’s team and he’s been a great member of his team. And he’s voiced his opinions, the president always listens to his thoughts, and his opinions, and his advice but, at the end of the day, it’s the president’s decision to make because he was the one that was elected by the American people to lead our country and he’s done exactly that. Sometimes they have fully agreed on a decision and other times they haven’t, and that’s how government’s supposed to work. That’s actually why it’s been a good relationship and the president is thankful for his service.