Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Trump are not on the best of terms, and the attorney general’s days in the administration may be numbered, White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci said Tuesday on the Hugh Hewitt Show, a conservative broadcast news program. Scaramucci told his host that the president “probably” wants to fire Sessions.
“I do know the president very well, and if there’s this level of tension in the relationship, that that’s public, then you’re probably right,” Scaramucci said.
The communications director suggested that the two could still resolve their differences. But it is up to them to sort their problems out, he said.
“I don’t want to speak for the president on that because he’s a Cabinet official, and I sort of think that has to be between the president of the United States and the Cabinet official,” he said.
Trump has made no secret of his dissatisfaction with Sessions, owing largely to Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the investigations into Trump-Russia connections. Sessions’ recusal led to the appointment of a special counsel, which Trump said should not have happened.
“Sessions gets the job. Right after he gets the job he recuses himself. Sessions should have never recused himself. And if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me about it before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else,” Trump said in an interview with the New York Times. “I think it’s unfair to the presidency.”
He also complained that the attorney general is not being “tough” on leaks of information from intelligence agencies to news media. The president did not hint at whether he would replace Sessions, however, adding only that “we will see what happens.”