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President Donald Trump flanked by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, right, speaks during a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, DC on Tuesday, Nov. 01, 2017.
Mattis, a former Marine commander with a military career spanning four decades, forged a close relationship with the former Exxon Mobil CEO largely due to their diplomatic approach to national security matters.
“We talk two, three times a day, sometimes. We settle all of our issues between he and I, and then we walk together into the White House meetings. That way, State and Defense are together,” Mattis said in January.
Tillerson and Mattis, along with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, reportedly had a so-called suicide pact in which the others would resign if Trump tried to remove one of them.
As CIA director, Pompeo delivered Trump’s intelligence briefing nearly every day and has said that the president “asks really hard questions.”
Pompeo, 54, became CIA director more than a year ago after serving in the House, where he was a member of the House Intelligence Committee.
Below is a roundup of Pompeo’s views on various national security matters: