The attorney general showed no indication that he will step down following President Trump’s disparaging remarks.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions showed that he has no intention of resigning at a press conference Thursday, a day after President Trump made disparaging remarks in a New York Times interview about the former Alabama senator, one of his first supporters.
“I have the honor of serving as attorney general,” Sessions said. “It’s something that goes beyond any thought that I would have had for myself. We love this job. We love this department, and I plan to continue to do so as long as that is appropriate.”
Another reporter asked Sessions how he can continue to serve if he does not enjoy the confidence of the president.
“The work that we’re doing today is the kind of work that we intend to continue,” Sessions said.
“Just last week, we announced the largest health care takedown ever in the United States,” Session said. “We had all the major law enforcement leaders in my office yesterday to talk about unified efforts to improve our crimefighting with state and local officials.”
In a Wednesday New York Times interview, Trump attacked his attorney general over his recusal from the Russia investigation and his testimony to the Senate:
“Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president,” he added. “How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’ It’s extremely unfair — and that’s a mild word — to the president.”
Mr. Trump also faulted Mr. Sessions for his testimony during Senate confirmation hearings when Mr. Sessions said he had not met with any Russians even though he had met at least twice with Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak. “Jeff Sessions gave some bad answers,” the president said. “He gave some answers that were simple questions and should have been simple answers, but they weren’t.”
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