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Trump asked aides about making Labor secretary his new attorney general: report

Greg Nash

President Trump reportedly asked an aide if Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta would make a good replacement for Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The inquiry came after the president saw Acosta on “Fox & Friends” one morning, The Washington Post reported.

However, it is unclear if Trump is truly considering Acosta for the job, given that the president has been prone to speculating about replacements for different officials, the newspaper noted.

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The president repeatedly criticized Sessions after the attorney general recused himself from the special counsel’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Trump reportedly wants to fire Sessions, but has been pressured to hold off as it might be damaging as the Russia investigation unfolds.

Several members of Trump’s team have left the White House in recent days.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was pushed out earlier this month, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo was nominated to take his place.

Trump’s top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, also resigned after Trump announced tariffs on imported steel and aluminum that he opposed. He will be replaced by the CNBC commentator Larry Kudlow, who is also an opinions contributor for The Hill.

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is rumored to be the next Cabinet member out the door, although the White House has sent mixed messages on his status.

Trump has also gone after special counsel Robert Mueller on Twitter, calling his investigation a witch hunt and arguing that it should have never begun because there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia.

The White House, however, says Trump is not considering firing Mueller and will cooperate with his investigation.

Tags Alexander Acosta Alexander Acosta David Shulkin Donald Trump Donald Trump Gary Cohn Jeff Sessions Jeff Sessions Mike Pompeo Mike Pompeo Rex Tillerson Rex Tillerson Robert Mueller Robert Mueller Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections Special Counsel investigation United States Department of Justice
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