Trump says he stands by Sessions
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump warns Iran's Rouhani: Threaten us 'and you will suffer' Pompeo: Iran's leaders resemble the mafia NYT's Haberman: Trump 'often tells the truth' MORE said Saturday that he stands by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump ramps up scrutiny of legal immigrants Data confirm that marijuana decriminalization is long overdue The FIRST STEP Act sets up a dangerous future MORE, whom the president reportedly tried to stop from recusing himself from the federal Russia probe.

"Yes, I do," Trump told reporters Saturday during a press conference at Camp David when asked if he stands by his attorney general.

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The New York Times reported this week that Trump had instructed White House counsel Don McGahn to tell Sessions not to recuse himself in the probe into Russia's meddling in the presidential election.

Sessions's move to recuse himself ignited a months-long string of attacks from Trump, who said at the time he needed Sessions to defend him against the allegations of collusion, the Times reported.

The president's comments Saturday come amid a weekend meeting with top congressional Republicans at the presidential retreat Camp David.

Several Cabinet officials also attended the Camp David retreat on Saturday, including Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonThe Memo: Putin furor sparks new questions on Kelly’s future US steps up its game in Africa, a continent open for business Matt Drudge shares mock ‘Survivor’ cover suggesting more White House officials will leave this summer MORE, Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisPentagon put in bind after Trump-Putin summit The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump eyes second Putin summit The Hill's Morning Report — Russia furor grips Washington MORE, Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosDon’t worry (too much) about Kavanaugh changing the Supreme Court Overnight Defense: Fallout from tense NATO summit | Senators push to block ZTE deal in defense bill | Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to run Afghan war Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to take over Afghan war MORE and others, though Sessions was not among them.