Pence explains Trump’s candor in Tucker Carlson interview (video)


Reflecting on President Trump’s recent negative comments regarding Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Vice President Mike Pence explained to Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Wednesday that the President is not the kind of person who hides his true feelings.

“I know the Washington way is to talk behind people’s backs. But that’s not President Donald Trump’s approach,” Pence stated, adding, “One of the great things about this president is you always know where you stand … I think one of the president’s virtues is his candor.”

Trump recently began talking about his disappointment in Sessions recusing himself from the investigation into Russian activities during the 2016 presidential campaign in a series of media interviews as well as on his Twitter account.

In a Twitter post on Monday, Trump called Sessions “our beleagured A.G.” Then on Wednesday he tweeted out another missive in which he questioned why Sessions didn’t “replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe,” who succeeded James Comey after Trump fired him on May 9.

Pointing out that President Trump always says what he thinks, Pence noted, “there’s no attempt to hide his feelings and his expressed disappointment here is very sincere.” He also acknowledged however that this “doesn’t mean that we don’t recognize the good work the Justice Department has been doing under the attorney general’s leadership.”

Refusing to speculate on Sessions’ future in the administration, Pence said, “We’ll see what happens in the future.”

Media outlets have been reporting through unnamed sources that the attorney general has no intention of resigning and is in “good spirits.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) tweeted out on Tuesday that the committee would not consider a replacement for Sessions this year if the attorney general was fired or resigned.

Another rumor circulating in news circles is that Sessions plans to announce several criminal leak investigations which will target a series of news reports that have publicized sensitive intelligence material.

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