After a morning of Twitter venting, President Trump said Tuesday that he remains disappointed in Attorney General Jeff Sessions but wouldn’t comment on whether or not he planned to fire him.
Following a two-and-a-half hour period of tweeting, in which Trump called Sessions “weak” and “beleaguered” on Tuesday and Monday morning, the president couldn’t avoid questions on the issue during a joint press conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
“I want the attorney general to be much tougher on the leaks from intelligence agencies,” Trump said. “These are intelligence agencies. We cannot have that happen.”
The president also reiterated his disappointment in Sessions for not telling Trump prior to his hiring that he would recuse himself from the Russia investigation.
“If he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me prior to taking office and I would have quite simply picked someone else,” he said.
Trump’s tweets would leave many to believe he’s either going to fire Sessions or force his resignation, but his comments at the press conference kept all possibilities in play.
“But we will see what happens. Time will tell, time will tell,,,” the president said.
Earlier in the day, newly hired communications director Anthony Scaramucci said that while Trump is justified in his criticisms of Sessions, their relationship is more complex. He noted Sessions “was there early for him” and offered great help during the 2016 campaign, but also conceded, “There’s obviously an issue in the relationship.”
He did offer that Trump wanting Sessions gone is “probably correct.”
“We’ll get a resolution shortly,” Scaramucci said.
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