Sessions heads to El Salvador with future as Trump’s attorney general in doubt

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WASHINGTON—U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is flying to El Salvador to talk about gang violence, with his future as the nation’s top prosecutor still in doubt.

He left Thursday after a week of blistering public scorn from U.S. President Donald Trump about Sessions’ performance. Trump called Sessions “beleaguered” and “very weak.” He said he never would have hired him if he had known he would recuse himself from the Russia investigation.

All of this has fuelled speculation that Sessions might resign. But he continues to forge ahead on his priorities. In El Salvador, he will meet local law enforcement officials and former MS-13 gang members and tour a prison. Sessions has promised to get tough on MS-13. He’s called the gang a top threat to public safety in the U.S.

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