President Trump told Bloomberg News Thursday that he will not fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions before the midterm elections. What happens after that, Trump declined to say, according to Bloomberg.
“I just would love to have him do a great job,” Trump told Bloomberg.
Trump has attacked Sessions with a greater-than-usual frequency in recent days, including seeming to blame Sessions for the campaign finance charges brought against his former fixer Michael Cohen, which implicated the President as well.
In a Fox and Friends interview earlier this month, Trump said Sessions “never took control” of the Justice Department, to which Sessions replied that the department “will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.”
Trump additionally took issue with reports that White House counsel Don McGahn, who Trump announced will be dismissed in the fall, was responsible for the President not firing Sessions or special counsel Robert Mueller.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) even appeared to give Trump the green light to fire Sessions recently, saying he had “time for hearings on nominees that the president might send up here that I didn’t have last year.” And Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Trump was “entitled to an attorney general he has faith in, somebody that’s qualified for the job, and I think there will come a time, sooner rather than later.”
“Clearly, Attorney General Sessions doesn’t have the confidence of the President,” Graham added.
This post has been updated.