Published: Wed, June 07, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Spicer won't say whether Trump has confidence in Sessions

Spicer won't say whether Trump has confidence in Sessions

As the White House braces for former FBI Director James Comey's testimony Thursday, sources tell ABC News the relationship between President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has become so tense that Sessions at one point recently even suggested he could resign.

Trump learned of the attorney general's decision shortly before Sessions announced it at a news conference.

An administration official told CNN that Trump's frustration with Sessions dates back to March 2, when Sessions suddenly recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation amid pressure from Democrats on Capitol Hill.

The Russia investigation caused so much tension between President Trump and Jeff Sessions that the attorney general offered to step down, insiders say. Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores, who was with Sessions in Atlanta Tuesday, declined to comment.

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A banner hung in the city said "the city of peace welcomes the man of peace" along with photos of Abbas and Trump. If negotiations were to resume, they needed to be about the core issues, not talks about talks, he said.

He later added, after being pressed again on the matter: "I said I have not had a discussion with him on the question".

On Monday, he took to Twitter to publicly criticize the department's legal strategy in defending his proposed travel ban barring the entry of people from certain Muslim-majority countries into the United States. Spicer said, "I have not had a discussion with him (Trump) about that". Former FBI Director James Comey is set to testify Thursday about his private discussions with Trump and the Russian Federation investigation has lapped into the White House, with questions about the President's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner. Trump rewarded Sessions after his election with one of the most coveted jobs in any administration, the opportunity to lead the Justice Department.

Trump told people at the time that he anxious the decision would be seen as an admission of defeat - and has continued to express frustrations with the Justice Department's actions.

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