AG Sessions ‘confident’ he ‘made the right decision’ to recuse himself

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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) delivers remarks during the daily White House press briefing March 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. Sessions announced new actions against sanctuary cities that seek Justice Department grants during his surprise appearance. Also pictured is White House press secretary Sean Spicer
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US President Donald Trump applauds after addressing supporters at a Faith and Freedom Coalition event in Washington DC on June 08, 2017. President Donald Trump avoided directly responding to explosive accusations made by his ex-FBI director Thursday, but sought to rally supporters behind a message of defiance. "We are going to fight and win" Trump said, addressing supporters at a Faith and Freedom Coalition event in the capital. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) delivers remarks during the daily White House press briefing March 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. Sessions announced new actions against sanctuary cities that seek Justice Department grants during his surprise appearance. Also pictured is White House press secretary Sean Spicer
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Story highlights

Sessions said Trump's tweets about him were "hurtful"

The attorney general said he believes Trump remains committed to making the country "great again"

Washington CNN —  

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says that President Donald Trump’s critical tweets about him were “kind of hurtful,” but insists he “made the right decision” in recusing himself from investigations related to the 2016 campaign.

“I understand his feelings about it,” Sessions told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Thursday of Trump, who recently said he is “disappointed” in the Justice Department head. “Because this has been a big distraction for him. But … I’m confident I made the right decision, a decision that’s consistent with the rule of law.”

Sessions said that the flurry of tweets Trump has sent off criticizing him were not the easiest to swallow, but he still defended his boss’s leadership style.

“Well it’s kind of hurtful, but the President of the United States is a strong leader,” Sessions said, adding that he believes Trump remains committed to making the country “great again.”

“He is determined to move this country in the direction he believes it needs to go to make us great again, and he has had a lot of criticisms – and he is steadfastly determined to get his job done and he wants all of us to do our jobs and that’s what I intend to do,” Sessions said.