Once again Trump is attacking his own administration, something he apparently likes to do every few months it seems. Once again it’s Jeff Sessions in the crosshairs and his big sin is recusing himself from the Russia investigation:
CNN – President Donald Trump said in an interview published Wednesday that he would not have chosen Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general had he known Sessions would recuse himself over matters related to the 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump’s remarks, in a 50-minute interview with The New York Times, represent an extraordinary rebuke from the President toward the nation’s top law enforcement official who happens to be one of his earliest political allies.
“Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the President,” Trump said, referring to himself. “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.”
But several months into the job, Trump’s warm feelings for Sessions have clearly cooled. In the interview, Trump scolded Sessions for telling the Senate judiciary committee that he had not met with any Russians during the campaign. It was later revealed he had met with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the US, at least two times.
Sessions later amended his testimony.
“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.”
Whether or not you agree with Trump, Sessions is clearly the bigger guy and responded to these comments by Trump with class:
“I have the honor of serving as attorney general…and I plan to continue to do so, as long as that is appropriate,” Sessions says on Trump pic.twitter.com/fqbmO7x2z6
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 20, 2017
"How do you feel like you can effectively serve… if you don't have the confidence of the president?"
Sessions: "We're serving right now." pic.twitter.com/w7ZHbKLp6m
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) July 20, 2017
Look, even if you agree that Trump has a point about Sessions’ recusal, the way he’s handling this is simply unpresidential. He’s undermining his own Attorney General and if Sessions were a lesser man, Trump might live to regret this just as he has with Comey.