Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

'I don't have an attorney general,' Trump says in interview

'I don't have an attorney general,' Trump says in interview

President Trump gave an interview on Tuesday where he ended up going on a full-throttle tear against Jeff Sessions, declaring "I don't have an Attorney General".

Mr Trump also told Hill.TV that he was "not happy" with Mr Sessions on immigration and other issues, and said the attorney general had performed "very poorly" during the nomination process for the post. He also said that he does not feel as though Sessions supports him like former attorneys general Eric Holder and Bobby Kennedy backed Presidents Barack Obama and John F. Kennedy, respectively.

Chicago is not the only city to be impacted by a consent decree, the attorney general said. He blamed Sessions for the lack of progress on border security too, declaring "I'm not happy at the border, I'm not happy with numerous things, not just this".

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Trump did not say whether he would fire Sessions but said that it was "very unfair" that he recused himself.

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He also claimed that the vote involved "massive fraud" since abstentions were not counted into the final tally, which made it easier to reach the needed majority.


Sessions also incurred Trump's wrath recently over the indictments of two GOP lawmakers, California Rep. Duncan Hunter and New York Rep. Chris Collins.

"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.

But on Tuesday, Trump suggested during an Oval Office interview with Hill.TV that his frustration with Sessions' performance far exceeds just his recusal.

It is unusual for a sitting president to attack their attorney general and critics accuse Mr Trump of trying to meddle in the legal system.

"We'll see what happens", he said.

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Trump's attacks on Sessions are well documented.

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.

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

Trump just apparently doesn't want to be seen pulling the trigger. "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".

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