Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Trump slams Sessions again: ‘I don’t have an attorney general’

Trump slams Sessions again: ‘I don’t have an attorney general’

President Trump escalated his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, offering a scathing assessment of his performance on the job and in his confirmation hearing.

"I'm not happy at the border, I'm not happy with numerous things, not just this", he said. With that said, however, Trump has yet to fire Mr. Sessions, and up until this point it appeared as if Sessions would nearly certainly stick around until after the November elections.

Trump made the remark in an interview with The Hill. But by letting politics guide his actions, Trump is proving that he's anxious more about political loyalty than he is about Sessions' actual performance.

Trump bemoaned, "I have no attorney general".

This time, Trump's complaints have gone well beyond the recusal.

In an interview with Hill.TV, the president bemoaned his relationship with Sessions, who he's been publicly angry with much of his presidency after the attorney general recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

Trump suggested that his personal loyalty to Sessions clouded his judgement in choosing him as attorney general because he was the first senator to endorse Trump during the campaign.

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In true Trump fashion, he then went on to state that Sessions performed "very poorly" in the nominating process.

"I mean, he was mixed up and confused, and people that worked with him for, you know, a long time in the Senate were not nice to him, but he was giving very confusing answers", he said. That might come as a surprise to Sessions, who imposed a zero-tolerance enforcement policy in such a manner as to precipitate a political crisis over family separations.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions at an event discussing immigration policies on September 10.

Over the Labor Day weekend, Trump took swipes at Sessions over the indictments of Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., and Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. Last year, he ordered the Justice Department to review all existing consent decrees between local police departments and the federal government. Answers that should have been easily answered. "I'm very disappointed in Jeff", he said.

Asked whether he'll fire Sessions, Trump replied, "We'll see what happens". "It's very sad", Trump told Hill.TV in an extensive and freewheeling interview Tuesday from the Oval Office.

All of this tends to ignore the fact that Trump could make a change at AG any time he likes.

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