President Trump and his team continue to poke needles at the former Alabama senator, who at times during the presidential campaign was the rare politician of national standing willing to stand beside Trump. That history has not saved him from the petulant president’s ire.
Jeff Sessions faces increasingly pointed questions about his future as U.S. attorney general, says the Los Angeles Times. President Trump tweeted out another swipe at Sessions Tuesday morning: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!” That followed his public slap Monday, when he tweeted that Sessions was “beleaguered”–mostly due to Trump’s public harangues. Later Monday, Trump’s new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, refused to say in an interview whether Trump wanted him to resign. “They need to sit down face to face and have a reconciliation and a discussion of the future,” he told CNN. “They need to speak and determine what the future of the relationship looks like.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reiterated on Monday and again Tuesday morning that Trump is “very disappointed” that Sessions chose to recuse himself from an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Sessions, an Alabama Republican, was the first U.S. senator to endorse Trump and was a strong influence during the campaign. A longtime advocate for reduced immigration, both legal and illegal, Sessions helped shape Trump’s aggressive anti-immigration policies. He has also moved quickly to steer the Justice Department back to tough anti-crime and drug policies that Trump favors. None of that has saved him from the president’s ire.