Trump says he stands by Sessions
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President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE said Saturday that he stands by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsManchin flexes muscle in 50-50 Senate Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' Ocasio-Cortez targets Manchin over Haaland confirmation 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 TillersonLawmakers to roll out legislation reorganizing State cyber office New State Department cyber bureau stirs opposition Blinken tells State Department staff 'I have your back' MORE, Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisRejoining the Iran nuclear deal would save lives of US troops, diplomats The soft but unmatched power of US foreign exchange programs The GOP senators likely to vote for Trump's conviction MORE, Education Secretary Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosMotorcade of Libyan interior minister attacked UN report says Erik Prince violated arms embargo against Libya: report Biden faces backlash from left on student loans MORE and others, though Sessions was not among them.