Despite all the staffing blunders in the Trump administration so far, it’s more than clear the president regrets his decision to reward Jeff Sessions for his early loyalty by nominating him for attorney general. The last 20 months have seen frequent derogatory comments and tweets about the job Sessions is doing as AG.
On Wednesday, it seems Trump has gone from calling Sessions work — or lack thereof in his opinion — to issuing a flat-out statement of no confidence in the man.
In an interview with Hill.TV, Trump said, “I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad.”
Trump followed up by giving a litany on all the ways he’s disappointed with Sessions, including the border and, of course, the investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 election.
Sessions recused himself from the Russian interference investigation almost immediately after his confirmation. That recusal, along with Trump’s subsequent comments of dissatisfaction with Sessions over it as well as other foolhardy statement made in interviews, led to the appointment of Robert Mueller to head up a special counsel that has brought Trump and his campaign associates no end in grief and legal trouble.
“I’m so sad over Jeff Sessions because he came to me. He was the first senator that endorsed me. And he wanted to be attorney general, and I didn’t see it,” he said.
“And then he went through the nominating process and he did very poorly. I mean, he was mixed up and confused, and people that worked with him for, you know, a long time in the Senate were not nice to him, but he was giving very confusing answers. Answers that should have been easily answered. And that was a rough time for him.”
With such an abject statement saying he thinks Jeff Sessions is so incompetent and impotent at running the Department of Justice, one has to wonder how much longer Sessions sticks it out. Trump absolutely wishes he could fire his AG without creating a firestorm and most likely more trouble for himself and others.