Sessions plans to ‘continue’ as attorney general despite Trump’s regrets
JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he plans to continue as attorney general a day after President Donald Trump said in an interview that he would not have nominated the former Alabama senator if he had known he would recuse himself in the Russia investigation.
“I have the honor of serving as attorney general. It’s something that goes beyond any thought I would have ever had for myself. We love this job. We love this department and I plan to continue to do so as long as that is appropriate,” Sessions said at a press conference Thursday morning on cyber security.
Trump criticized Sessions’ decision in March to step away from matters related to last year’s election in a lengthy interview with The New York Times Wednesday, going so far as to express regret over appointing him to lead the Department of Justice.
“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,” Trump told the Times.
He added: “If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’ It’s extremely unfair — and that’s a mild word — to the president.”
Sessions steadfastly maintained Thursday that he would continue his work, even as reporters asked about Trump’s comments.
“We in this Department of Justice will continue every single day to work hard to serve the national interests and we wholeheartedly join in the priorities of President Trump,” said Sessions.
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