Less than 24 hours after he publicly bemoaned his “beleaguered” attorney general for not pursuing Hillary Clinton’s supposed crimes and ties to Russia, Donald Trump attacked Jeff Sessions for his “very weak position” on the matter. “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!” he tweeted. In a previous post, the president attached the official Twitter handle for Fox News personality Sean Hannity, a vocal Trump supporter.
Whether Hannity had recently discussed apparent “Ukrainian efforts to sabotage [Trump’s] campaign” and “boost Clinton” on his program remains to be seen. Considering his most recent monologue‘s focus on challenging Americans to stand up against the so-called “Deep State,” however, it’s highly likely Trump took his latest attack cues from Hannity when tweeting against Sessions. Though it’s not like the president required any additional prodding, as his disappointment in the attorney general was made crystal clear when he recently decried Sessions’ recusal from all things Russia.
What’s more, a new report by the Associated Press indicates Trump’s ire against Sessions has ruined their professional relationship so greatly that the president is considering the possibility of firing the former Alabama senator. According to the report, the discussions between Trump and his advisors haven’t advanced beyond anything more than simple talk. With tweeted insults like “beleaguered” and “very weak” piling up, however, the possibility previously denounced by analysts is looking more likely with each day.
On Monday, rumors quickly circulated that the president wanted to replace Sessions with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Along with his “beleaguered” tweet, these rumors gained traction online and on cable news television before Giuliani himself came out and denounced the reports. He also defended the attorney general for his self-recusal, saying Sessions “made the right decision under the rules of the Justice Department.”
Others, like MSNBC’s Hugh Hewitt, pressed White House officials about the matter whenever the opportunity presented itself, as it did during his interview with Anthony Scaramucci. “It’s clear that the president wants him gone, isn’t it Anthony?” Hewitt asked. “I have an enormous amount of respect for the attorney general,” said Scaramucci, “but I do know the president pretty well, and if there’s this level of tension in the relationship that’s public, you’re probably right.”
The latest news of Sessions’ standing within the Trump administration notwithstanding, the president’s Tuesday morning tweet storm didn’t end there. He quickly segued to health care, promising his followers that it would be a “Big day for HealthCare,” adding: “After 7 years of talking, we will soon see whether or not Republicans are willing to step up to the plate!” If that weren’t enough, Trump declared in a subsequent tweet that “ObamaCare is torturing the American People.”
However, as several analysts noted soon after back-to-back tweets about Obamacare’s torturous ways and McCain’s heroism, then-Republican presidential candidate Trump was the same man who vilified McCain’s war hero status. “He’s not a war hero,” the future president said in 2015. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” Phrasing, Mr. President.