Trump and Sessions no longer speaking to one another: report

President Trump and Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump says 'people will not stand' for Mueller report Jeff Sessions returns to Justice Department to retrieve Cabinet chair Rosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March MORE are not currently on speaking terms, Politico reported late Tuesday.

Sessions has told the White House he has no plans to resign even amid Trump’s attacks but hasn’t told Trump that himself, according to White House aides and advisers who spoke to the news outlet. Those sources told Politico Trump and Sessions have been sending messages through their aides.

"He wants to fire him but he doesn't want the confrontation," said one adviser who frequently speaks to Trump. "He doesn't mind the long negative storyline. He will torture him every single day."

The adviser said Trump also wants to see how Sessions will respond to humiliation.


Trump has ramped up his criticism of the nation's top law enforcement official in recent days, saying at a Tuesday press conference he was “disappointed” with him and that only “time will tell” his fate.

“I told you before: I’m very disappointed in my attorney general,” Trump said when asked if he will fire Sessions or ask him to resign. “But we will see what happens. Time will tell, time will tell.”

Trump took to Twitter Tuesday morning to accuse Sessions of taking “a VERY weak position on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic Socialists of America endorses Sanders for president How to end the Electoral College and elect our next president by popular vote CNN town halls put network at center of Dem primary MORE crimes.” He also hit Sessions on Monday, asking why his “beleaguered A.G.” isn’t “looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations.”

The president told The New York Times last week that the attorney general “should have never recused himself” from the Russia probe because it was “very unfair to the president.”

He said he would not have picked Sessions as his attorney general if he knew Sessions would make such a decision.

Trump has told his advisers he has no desire to speak to Sessions, who as a senator from Alabama was one of his earliest supporters during the 2016 presidential campaign, Politico reported.