President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions
President Donald Trump freshly criticized his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, in an interview with the Hill, suggesting he’s frustrated with him on a variety of issues.
“I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad,” Trump told the Hill in a video interview. “I’m not happy at the border, I’m not happy with numerous things, not just this,” he said. Trump has long criticized Sessions for his decision to recuse himself from the Russia collusion investigation, and speculation that the president would fire him has been growing. The Hill says Trump demurred on whether he might one day fire Sessions. “We’ll see what happens,” Trump said. “A lot of people have asked me to do that. And I guess I study history, and I say I just want to leave things alone, but it was very unfair what he did,” he said, referring to the recusal decision.
Clinton sees Trump firings: Hillary Clinton predicts Trump will “wholesale fire people” in the White House and become increasingly unaccountable, if Democrats don’t check his power by winning a majority of seats in the House or Senate in the November midterm elections. Clinton made the remarks during an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Tuesday night. Clinton said an anonymous opinion piece in the New York Times was “horrifying” and raised the likelihood that Trump might try a purge of staff he suspects of working against him.
N.C. visit: Trump will visit storm-ravaged Eastern North Carolina on Wednesday. The State reports Trump is scheduled to arrive at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point mid-morning. The president will be joined by Rep. David Rouzer, whose district includes many of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Florence, including Wilmington, the State writes. Trump could also make a trip to South Carolina, according to the paper.
The Wall Street Journal reports Florence is creating a housing shortage for displaced North Carolina residents.
Democratic women motivated for midterms: A new Politico/Morning Consult poll finds that one key demographic group — Democratic women — is more motivated to vote than all the others. Seventy-one percent say they are very motivated to vote, more than any other group including Democratic men (63%), Republican men (68%), Republican women (69%), independent men (58%) and independent women (51%).
Senate tries to delay border-wall fight: The Washington Post writes the Senate on Tuesday passed a short-term spending bill that would keep the government running through Dec. 7, aiming to avert a government shutdown and put off a fight over funding for Trump’s border wall until after the midterm elections. The bill came attached to a budget package containing full-year 2019 funding for the Pentagon as well as for the Labor, Education and Health and Human Services departments. The Post writes the House is expected to take up the bill next week, but it remains uncertain whether Trump would sign the measure.