At a joint press conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Tuesday, President Trump said he was "very disappointed" with Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Answering another question he said he would like Sessions to be tougher on leaks. From today's presser:
QUESTION: You have called your Attorney General beleaguered. You've criticized his decision to recuse himself on the Russia matters. And you're kind of catch phrase or motto before the White House was 'You're fired.' So, I'm wondering would you talk to us a little bit about whether you've lost confidence in Jeff Sessions, whether you want him to resign on his own? Whether you're prepared to fire him if he doesn't and why you're sort of letting him twist in the wind rather than just making the call for him? Thank you.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, I don't think I am doing that. But 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. So I think that's a bad thing not for the president, but for the presidency. I think that's unfair to the presidency, and that's the way I feel. Thank you.
REPORTER: The American people I think would like to know, do you feel that the Attorney General should indeed stay, should he resign, or do you intend on firing him? Why should he remain as the Attorney General? ...
PRESIDENT TRUMP: 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. You know, many of my views in addition to that. But I think that's one of the very important things that they have to get on with. I told you before that I'm very disappointed with the Attorney General. But we will see what happens. Time will tell. Time will tell.