During an off camera gaggle, Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders threw Attorney General Jeff Sessions under the bus and said that Trump regrets appointing the AG.
Sanders at first said that Trump didn’t regret appointing Sessions:
Sanders says POTUS hasn't spoken to Sessions in last 24 hours. Said he doesn't regret appointing him.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) July 20, 2017
She changed her story at the press briefing:
She then clarified that she meant he didn't regret not removing him — referred to his comments yesterday on if he regrets appointing him https://t.co/zmF1NxeMIS
— Matthew Nussbaum (@MatthewNussbaum) July 20, 2017
Huckabee Sanders changed her tune to match that of Trump, who told The New York Times:
So Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself. I then have — which, frankly, I think is very unfair to the president. How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, “Thanks, Jeff, but I can’t, you know, I’m not going to take you.” It’s extremely unfair, and that’s a mild word, to the president.
The White House apparently wants Jeff Sessions to quit, but he doesn’t want to quit. Sessions showed no signs of stepping down during a news conference on Thursday, “We love this job, we love this department, and I plan to continue to do so as long as that is appropriate.”
Instead of growing into the White House and becoming more presidential, the White House has taken on the personality of the president. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has been warped by Trump’s whims into an emotionally unstable symbol of democracy.
Trump never takes responsibility. His problems are always someone else’s fault, and now the country is faced the bizarre situation of a president who is at war with his own attorney general.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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