Monday, 10 December, 2018


Trump says had ‘good talk’ with Rosenstein; no plans to fire him

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the conclusion of a roundtable on immigration and the gang MS-13 at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage New York U.S Trump says had ‘good talk’ with Rosenstein; no plans to fire him
Bennie Garza | 08 October, 2018, 23:44

Last year, the President signaled permissiveness toward police roughing up suspects, telling a group of law enforcement officers: "When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough, and I said, 'Please don't be too nice'".

Mr. Trump has meant to meet with Rosenstein for days, after the New York Times reported that Rosenstein had suggested wiretapping the president and invoking the 25th Amendment - claims Rosenstein denied. The article said that while Rosenstein had made the suggestions over concern about chaos in the administration, none of them actually came to fruition.

Rosenstein is joining Trump on Monday aboard Air Force One for a trip to Florida, where the two men will participate in the International Association of Chiefs of Police's annual convention. "We'll be talking on the plane", Trump said.

Trump faces mounting pressure from the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.

Pressed further about his relationship with Rosenstein, Trump added: "I didn't know Rod before, but I got to know him and I get along very well with him". "I look forward to flying with him".

The reports, which Rosenstein denied, fueled speculation that Rosenstein might be fired or resign.

Rosenstein and Trump had been expected to meet at the White House days later, but that meeting was put off so that the president could focus on a confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The White House says that the President's Monday appearance was not a campaign rally, despite the fact that he has thrown his support behind Governor Rick Scott's run for Senate and Florida Republican Gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis.

Rosenstein assumed supervision of the investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself because of his own contacts with Russia's ambassador to Washington while serving as a Trump campaign adviser became public.

Although Trump has at times criticized his deputy attorney general, he has reserved his sharpest verbal attacks for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recused from the Russian Federation investigation in March 2017 because of his involvement with the Trump campaign.

"The press wants to know, 'What did you talk about?'" Trump said at the start of his speech after he thanked Rosenstein for being there and noted the intense media interest.

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