Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

'I don't have an attorney general': US President Donald Trump

'I don't have an attorney general': US President Donald Trump

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.

"We'll see how it goes with Jeff", he added.

Trump bemoaned, "I have no attorney general". "And that was a rough time for him", the Commander-in-Chief fumed.

Trump told Hill.TV in an exclusive interview in the Oval Office on Tuesday. "And I guess I study history, and I say I just want to leave things alone, but it was very unfair what he did".

Trump, a Republican, suggested that Sessions' rocky Senate confirmation hearings may have impacted his performance as attorney general.

Mr Trump also told Hill.TV that he was "not happy" on immigration and other issues, and said Mr Sessions had performed "very poorly" during the nomination process for the post of attorney general.

"He gets in and probably because of the experience that he had going through the nominating when somebody asked him the first question about Hillary Clinton or something he said, 'I recuse myself, I recuse myself,"' Trump 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.

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"I'm not happy at the border, I'm not happy with numerous things, not just this", he said.

"It's very sad", Trump said in an interview with Hill.TV, in which he also said the former senator from Alabama came off as "mixed up and confused" when he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee in January 2017.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during an event at the Department of Justice in Washington earlier this month.

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

Mueller's investigation has been a thorn in Trump's side ever since, and he clearly thinks Sessions deserves much of the blame. "It's sort of an incredible thing".

"That means 311 Chicagoans - friends, neighbors, moms, dads - were killed in 2016 who might still be alive if the murder rate stayed at the 10-year average", Mr. Sessions said.

Trump has repeatedly considered firing Sessions, the nation's top law enforcement officer, only to be opposed by aides who think a dismissal would upend the Russian Federation investigation, conservatives who applaud Sessions' hardline stances at the Department of Justice and Republican senators who have said they would not confirm a replacement.

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