President Trump doubled down on his criticism of Jeff Sessions Tuesday afternoon, saying he was “disappointed” in his attorney general for recusing himself from the Russia probe and that “time will tell” his ultimate fate.
“I am disappointed in the attorney general. He should not have recused himself almost immediately after he took office, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me prior to taking office, and I would have, quite simply, picked somebody else,” Trump said at the White House during a press briefing with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
“So I think that’s a bad thing, not for the president but for the presidency. I think it’s unfair to the presidency, and that’s the way feel.”
The president also said he wanted Sessions to do more to crack down on leaks coming from the federal government.
“I want the attorney general to be much tougher on the leaks from intelligence agencies, which are leaking like rarely have they ever leaked before at a very important level. These are intelligence agencies. we cannot have that happen,” he said.
“I told you before, I’m very disappointed with the attorney general but we will see what happens. Time will tell. Time will tell.”
When asked, he denied that he was leaving Sessions twisting in the wind by criticizing him but not firing him.