President Trump in an Oval Office interview with Hill.TV launched one of his most ferocious broadsides to date against Jeff Sessions, suggesting the attorney general was essentially AWOL and performing badly on a variety of issues.
Sessions fired back, saying in a statement: "I took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in". Trump allies have suggested Sessions is safe through the midterm elections.
"Based on my experience meeting with officers like you across the country, I believe that morale has already improved under President Trump", Sessions said, according to his prepared remarks.
Mr Trump said in the interview that "we'll see what happens" with Mr Sessions's future.
In this file photo taken on December 15, 2017, President Donald Trump sits with Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Quantico, Va., before participating in the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony.
Chicago is not the only city to be impacted by a consent decree, the attorney general said.
Trump, in a Hill.TV interview released on Wednesday, said that he's "so sad over Jeff Sessions", whom he has repeatedly denounced for recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation.
This statement today, not only indicates that Mr. Trump continues to be infuriated over Session's recusal from the investigation, but also shows that he blames Sessions for other failures that his administration has suffered, including the often-criticized policies implemented at our southern border.
"T$3 hen he went through the nominating process and he did very poorly".
"And my worst enemies, I mean, people that, you know, are on the other side of me, in a lot of ways including politically, have said that was a very unfair thing he did". Trump wants to fire Sessions like I want to fire James Dolan. Answers that should have been easily answered.
CBS News' Paula Reid reports that despite the president's disappointment, Sessions has done nearly everything within his authority to appease the Mr. Trump's long-promised agenda for tackling immigration issues including expedite deportations, end the Obama-era Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, staff up immigration courts, limit the number of asylum seekers and block grants from sanctuary cities.
"A lot of people have asked me to do that", he continued. Trump explained in his interview with Hill.TV.
Trump may eventually fire Sessions because he's not sufficiently loyal.
"We'll see how it goes with Jeff", Trump added. Trump has no impediment to firing Sessions or demanding that he resign, which is the same thing. Last year, he ordered the Justice Department to review all existing consent decrees between local police departments and the federal government.