On Politics: Trump Gives Jim Mattis an Ominous Label

Good Monday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.

President Trump, who once called Defense Secretary Jim Mattis “one of the most effective generals that we’ve had in many, many decades,” gave him a more inauspicious label in a “60 Minutes” interview broadcast Sunday: “Democrat.” Read the story.

As the world recoils at reports that the Saudis sent agents to Turkey to kill Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident journalist, Mr. Trump has rebuffed pressure to punish the Saudis by canceling arms sales that he secured during a visit last year. Here’s why that approach could put the president on a collision course with Congress.

The media was happy to sing Mohammed bin Salman’s praises in the spring, when the Saudi crown prince met with Hollywood stars and Silicon Valley titans. Then came the story about Mr. Khashoggi. Read our media columnist’s take.

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