Ses­sions not step­ping down un­less asked

The Denver Post - - NEWS | OBITUARIES & MEMORIAMS - By Sadie Gurman and Mary Clare Jalonick

The As­so­ci­ated Press

His loy­alty to the boss se­verely tested but seem­ingly in­tact, At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions said Thurs­day he will stay in the job for as long as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump wants him to serve.

Ses­sions told The As­so­ci­ated Press he and Trump have a “har­mony of val­ues and be­liefs” and he in­tends to stay and fight for the pres­i­dent’s agenda “as long as he sees that as ap­pro­pri­ate.” This, af­ter a week of be­ing be­rated by Trump in the most pub­lic fash­ion as weak and in­ef­fec­tive.

“If he wants to make a change, he has ev­ery right,” Ses­sions said in an in­ter­view out­side the U.S. Em­bassy in San Sal­vador dur­ing a mis­sion to in­crease in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion against the MS-13 gang.

“I serve at the plea­sure of the pres­i­dent. I’ve un­der­stood that from the day I took the job.”

Con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans have ral­lied around Ses­sions, a for­mer sen­a­tor from Alabama, and ex­pressed mor­ti­fi­ca­tion at the hu­mil­i­a­tion vis­ited on him by Trump in sev­eral in­ter­views and a se­ries of tweets.

Trump is up­set that Ses­sions re­cused him­self months ago from the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into in­ter­ac­tions be­tween Rus­sian of­fi­cials and the Trump cam­paign, and that he has not taken a tougher line against his de­feated Demo­cratic ri­val, Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Repub­li­can Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham of South Carolina warned Thurs­day there would be “holy hell” to pay if Trump fired Ses­sions.

Af­ter meet­ing his Sal­vado­ran coun­ter­part, Ses­sions told AP he was “thrilled” with the sup­port he’s re­ceived, pre­sum­ably from law­mak­ers.

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