In an interview televised on “60 Minutes” on Sunday, President Trump was asked if Defense Secretary James Mattis would be leaving his administration any time soon. The president responded by saying that he thinks Mattis is “kind of a Democrat.”

“But General Mattis is a good guy. We get along very well. He may leave. I mean, at some point, everybody leaves. Everybody. People leave. That’s Washington,” the President continued.

For many around the nation, these remarks seem to bolster months of rumors surrounding the former Marine General’s standing within the Trump White House. Mattis, who famously butted heads with the Obama administration while commanding the U.S. Central Command, has also continued to serve as an occasionally contrasting voice within Trump’s administration — calling for Congressional support of military operations in Syria and even dragging his feet on some Trump-directed policies over the nation’s armed forces, like the banning of transgender service members.

Mattis’ history of running counter to the sitting president when he feels it’s the right thing to do was cited by some as the reason the popular general wasn’t chosen to serve as the Commandant of the Marine Corps prior to his retirement. Now, it would seem that same apolitical approach to voicing his concerns may have put Mattis on the outs with the defacto leader of the Republican party as well.

On Monday, while the Defense Secretary was traveling to Vietnam in an effort to further develop relations in the Pacific aimed at countering Chinese aggression, Mattis was asked to address the president’s remarks.

One reporter asked Mattis what he thought of Trump’s “kind of a Democrat” comment.

“Nothing at all. I’m on his team. We have never talked about me leaving. And as you can see right here, we’re on our way. We just continue doing our job.”

The reporter pressed a bit further, asking if Mattis had seen the interview or spoken to the president since it had aired.