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Spicer won't say whether Trump has confidence in Sessions

Few Republicans were quicker to embrace President Trump's campaign a year ago than Jeff Sessions, and his reward was one of the most prestigious jobs in America.

Tuesday afternoon, White House press secretary Sean Spicer declined to say whether Trump has confidence in Sessions.

"I have not had a discussion with him about that", Spicer said as sources said Trump is still fuming over Sessions' recusal from the federal investigation into potential ties between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation.

The New York Times reported Monday that Trump partially blames Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the investigation for the eventual appointment of a special counsel.

But sources say the frustration runs both ways, prompting the resignation offer Sessions.

According to sources close to the president, Trump has still not forgiven Session for his decision, of which he was only made aware minutes before Sessions' public announcement.




Sessions was the first sitting USA senator to endorse Trump and became one of his top advisers on the campaign trail.

"I'm answering a question, which is: I have not had that discussion with him", Spicer shot back. In a series of tweets, Trump called the new ban "politically correct", and said the Justice Department should seek a "much tougher version". I have not had that discussion with him.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment to NPR's Carrie Johnson on the reports, which NPR has not confirmed.

The decision was prompted by Sessions' failure to disclose conversations with Russia's ambassador to the United States during his confirmation hearing.

Still, tensions linger. On Monday, Trump derided the revised travel ban and criticized his own Justice Department's handling of the controversial case.

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