VP Pence backs Trump's "candid" Sessions remarks

The vice-president added that he and Trump appreciate Session' work. He gave the attorney general credit for action on gang violence, illegal immigration, and taking on "sanctuary cities" that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.
By Wilson Soto | Jul 31, 2017
Vice-President Pence said Wednesday that he stands with President Trump on the subject of Trump's public criticism of Attorney-General Jeff Sessions, but that he and Trump also appreciate Sessions' work at the Justice Department all the same. Speaking on Fox News, Pence added that he thinks Trump deserves praise for being so "candid" with the public.

"One of the great things about this president is you always know where you stand with him," Pence said. "He speaks candidly, he speaks openly, he's expressed his disappointment [in Sessions]."

The vice-president added that he and Trump appreciate Session' work. He gave the attorney general credit for action on gang violence, illegal immigration, and taking on "sanctuary cities" that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.

On the question of Sessions' future in the White House, however, Pence was ambivalent: "Time will tell."

Pence's conciliatory words on Sessions contrast with White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci's take on the subject. Speaking on the Hugh Hewitt Show on Sunday, Scaramucci said it is "probably" true the Trump will fire Sessions in the near future.

Trump's public spat with his attorney general is another Trump behavior--one of many--that has little precedent among previous commanders in chief. Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush both publicly disagreed with their attorneys-general on certain security issues, but neither said aloud that they regretted hiring them or indicated that they would terminate them.

Some of Sessions' former GOP Senate colleagues have taken note and criticized Trump for it in turn. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Al.) told NBC that the president is being disloyal.

"Sessions is a very loyal man to the president. He stepped in front with him...when no senator did," Shelby said. "I think loyalty ought to be a two-way street."

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