U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested he could resign amid rising tension with President Donald Trump, according to an ABC News report.
Frustration that “runs both ways” may have prompted the suggestion from Sessions, unnamed sources told ABC.
According to the New York Times, Sessions drew Trump’s ire after he recused himself from heading the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. CNN claims unnamed sources said that Sessions and Trump have had “heated exchanges.”
Confirmed that Sessions at one point told the president, amid tensions NYT reported last night, that he needed room to do his job and 1/— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 6, 2017
Trump on Tuesday tweeted about the Justice Department - the agency Sessions heads - saying that he wanted a “much tougher version” of a “travel ban” and “not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted” to the Supreme Court last week.
That's right, we need a TRAVEL BAN for certain DANGEROUS countries, not some politically correct term that won't help us protect our people!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2017
He posted four tweets between 6:25 a.m. and 6:44 a.m. Tuesday, blasting the Justice Department for ditching the “original Travel Ban.”
Trump’s executive order that banned travel from seven predominately Muslim nations was blocked by federal judges in February.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer declined during a White House press briefing Tuesday to say whether Trump has confidence in Sessions.
"I have not had that discussion with him," Spicer told reporters during a White House briefing, adding: "if I haven't had a discussion with him about a subject, I tend not to speak about it."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.