REPORT: White House addresses rumors of rift between Trump and Mattis


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WASHINGTON — White House officials are denying news reports that President Donald Trump ignored his defense secretary’s requests to get congressional approval before ordering airstrikes against Syrian military targets, brushing aside insinuations of a possible rift between the two men.

A day earlier, the New York Times reported that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had urged the commander in chief to get lawmakers’ approval before the April 13 military action, but his requests were ignored.

The article goes on to state the following:

In a statement to reporters on Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders called that “categorically false.” She said the military moves were “appropriately ordered (by Trump) under his constitutional authorities.”

Earlier in the day, Mattis told reporters that he had “no idea where that story came from” and added “I found nothing in it that I could recall from my own last week’s activities.”

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