For the first time since the president lambasted the attorney general on Twitter last week, questioning his loyalty and hinting that he wished he had never hired him, Trump and Jeff Sessions have crossed paths.
Attorney General Sessions was reportedly in President Trump’s direct line of sight as the president addressed reporters during his full cabinet meeting on Monday morning, wherein he did not mention his “beleaguered” attorney general.
This was the first time the two have been seen together since Trump’s displeasure with Sessions boiled over into public view via the fateful New York Times interview in which Trump first made his thoughts on Sessions clear.
Instead, contact between the two has been indirect, with Trump continually criticizing the attorney general on Twitter and giving newly hired communications director Anthony Scaramucci free reign to shape the narrative to the media. Sessions, for his part, has been taking the high road, saying in an interview that he is “hurt” by Trump’s negative comments but understands the president’s frustration with the fact he recused himself from the Russia investigation.
The result has been a textbook stalemate, as Trump’s ostensible goal of a Sessions resignation was rendered moot by the overwhelming backing of the attorney general by Republicans in Congress and day-to-day business has rolled on as usual.
It is a reminder that, despite all the media noise surrounding a Trump-Sessions beef, while largely brought on by the president’s own actions, there is still a bedrock of professionalism stabilizing White House functions. Sessions has reportedly been attending all White House luncheons and full cabinet meetings.
The White House press secretary recently said of Sessions’ continued presence considering Trump’s comments: “You can be disappointed in someone but still want them to continue to do their job.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions was sitting front and center in Trump’s 2nd full cabinet meeting of his administration. pic.twitter.com/b1bBDNal29
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