Trump to Bloomberg: Sessions' job is safe until at least November elections

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference regarding the country's opioid epidemic Wednesday Aug. 22 2018 in Cleveland
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03 September, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is safe in his job at least until the midterm elections in November.

Last week, Trump fired several barbs at Sessions, telling Fox news channel's "Fox & Friends" that Sessions "took the job and then he said, 'I'm going to recuse myself".

Trump's comments to Bloomberg came as he has continued to call out the former Alabama senator for recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation and not protecting the president or showing loyalty.

Wallace pointed out that Sessions's recusal did not immediately lead to Mueller's Russian Federation probe, saying that the investigation was the result of Trump firing FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBrzezinski: Trump attacking NBC News boss Andy Lack with "stupid rumors" about possible firing Trump lashes out at CNN, NBC in sustained media attacks Trump makes wise move to find fresh new White House counsel MORE.

But despite Trump's unhappiness with Sessions, when asked if he would keep him employed past midterms, Bloomberg reports, Trump declined to answer.

"The problems between the White House and the president and Attorney General Sessions go well beyond the recusal".

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Trump is also dismissive of Sessions' personality, temperament and diminutive stature.

"There's the belief that if the president taking action with respect to Sessions is going to be an important part of the Mueller obstruction case, most of that case has already been made", one source told Politico.

They want the president to hire a new attorney general who'll rein in special counselor Robert Mueller or, better yet, they say, fire him. Trump has responded by insisting has the "absolute right" to fire Sessions if he pleases, those familiar with the conversations said.

McConnell was unequivocal in his weekly news conference when he said Sessions should stay in his role - and he had an audience of one, aides say: Trump. Wallace added that Trump can only blame himself for Mueller's appointment because the special counsel was named as a result of Trump firing FBI Director James Comey.

Asked about Flood on Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: "People like him".

Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of SC, said Thursday that the way President Trump responded to John McCain's death was "disturbing, " and he acknowledged that he has been upset by some of the derogatory things Trump has said about the late senator. "But you're going to have to be a big man in a big office". I think that is when, you know, there will be from the progression in this crisis that it will occur, ' he said.


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