President Donald Trump met with New York Times reporters for an interview which yielded some interesting and surprising comments. The information includes a revelation that President Trump’s first major supporter, then-Senator Jeff Sessions, would not have been his choice for Attorney General, given what he knows now.
President Trump said, “Sessions, gets the job. Right after he gets the job he recuses himself.” A reporter asks, “Was that a mistake?” Trump replies, “Well, Sessions should have never recused himself and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else.”
Another reporter replies, “He gave you no heads up at all.” Trump confirms, “Zero. So Jeff Sessions takes the job. Gets into the job, recuses himself, 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, I’m not going to take you.”
Trump continued, “It’s extremely unfair, and that’s a mild word, to the President. So he recuses himself. I then end up with a second man, who’s a deputy.”
President Trump is then asked about the Mueller witch hunt, with the reporter saying, “[if] Mueller was looking at your finances or your family’s finances unrelated to Russia, is that a red line? Another asked if that would breach his actual supposed purpose. Trump replies, “I would say yeah.” He then reaffirms that he doesn’t do business in or with Russia, aside from potential individual condo sales and once with his beauty pageant.
He also attempts to put to rest the hysterical misrepresentations in the media about his supposed second undisclosed meeting with Vladimir Putin. He notes that Melania was seated next to Mr. Putin, and Trump went over to talk to his wife and made some small talk with Putin in the process. It’s hardly the stuff that international espionage is made of, particularly in a room full of other dignitaries and heads of state.
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