President Trump unloaded on Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday, slamming his senior official for a series of "disappointing" failures and saying he "doesn't have an Attorney General" working on his behalf.
The President's remarks clearly show just how far his relationship with Sessions has fallen. Instead, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein took charge of overseeing the Russian Federation investigation, and appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to take the lead after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. "I'm not happy at the border, I'm not happy with numerous things".
A digest of the top political stories from the Globe, sent to your inbox Monday-Friday. Trump expressed regret for making Sessions the head of the Justice Department while repeatedly bashing the AG over how he performed during his nomination hearings. "I'm disappointed in the attorney general for many reasons".
Short of picking a member of the Senate as his next AG - and maybe not even then - it's very hard to see how Trump could get his attorney general pick confirmed in short order. Earlier this month, he took to Twitter to accuse Sessions of damaging the chances of Republicans in the November mid-term elections through Justice Department investigations.
He also said that he does not feel as though Mr Sessions supports him like former attorneys general Eric Holder and Bobby Kennedy backed presidents Barack Obama and John F Kennedy, respectively.
Responding to whether he might fire his attorney general, Trump said, "We'll see what happens. It's very sad", Trump said.
Sessions has implemented some of the most aggressive and controversial steps to try to crack down on illegal immigration - emphasizing "zero tolerance" for those who come to the country illegally, defending the policy of separating families, and issuing a ruling that limits those who qualify for asylum, among other things.
The attorney general spoke to officers from 51 departments and blamed hundreds of additional killings since 2016 on an agreement between Mayor Emanuel and the ACLU.
However, other Republicans told Politico they thought this would be a bad move and said they were standing by the attorney general. "A lot of people have asked me to do that".
Read the full interview at the Hill.
Asked what he hopes the outcome will be of his longtime battle with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the president told the Hill.TV, "I hope to be able put this up as one of my crowning achievements that I was able to...expose something that is truly a cancer in our country".
"So, we are building the wall, I could build it - you know what I do best is build - I could build the whole thing in a year, but um, there was a picture that was sort of great", the president told the Hill.TV.