Attorney General Jeff Sessions said President Trump’s criticism of him is “hurtful,” but he appreciates that the president has the country’s best interests in mind.
“Well, um, it’s kind of hurtful,” Sessions told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson in an interview airing Wednesday night, when asked if he thinks the president’s criticism of him is fair.
“But the president of the United States is a strong leader,” Session said during the interview, which was conducted in El Salvador. “He is determined to move this country in the direction he believes it needs to go to make us great again. He’s had a lot of criticisms and he’s steadfastly determined to get his job done and he wants all of us to do our jobs. And that’s what I intend to do.
Sessions also spoke to The Associated Press while in El Salvador.
“I serve at the pleasure of the president. I’ve understood that from the day I took the job,’ he said.
Sessions told The AP he would stay on as long as the president allowed him, maintaining his initial response to the first tweets at the beginning of the week.
This week has not been the “best” for him and the president, Sessions acknowledged, but in spite of the barbs, Sessions told The AP that he and the president have a “harmony of values and beliefs.”
Sessions, one of the first to endorse Trump during the campaign, was confirmed attorney general in February. About a month later, as the investigation into connections between the Trump campaign and Russia got under way, attorneys at the Department of Justice suggested Sessions recuse himself from the probe because he played an integral role in the campaign as a surrogate. Sessions recused himself in March.
The first shot across the bow for Sessions came in a July 19 interview with the New York Times interview that highlighted the president’s frustration over Sessions’ recusal. “If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’…