Trump: I have a 'fantastic' relationship with Rosenstein

Trump: I have a 'fantastic' relationship with Rosenstein
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address MORE told The Wall Street Journal he has a “fantastic” relationship with Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinSupreme Court to hear dispute over Democrats' access to Mueller materials Republicans release newly declassified intelligence document on FBI source Steele GOP's Obama-era probes fuel Senate angst MORE.

The comment marks a stark shift in the relationship between the two men. The president has personally attacked Rosenstein, who began overseeing the special counsel investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSupreme Court blocks order that relaxed voting restrictions in Alabama Justice Dept. considering replacing outgoing US attorney in Brooklyn with Barr deputy: report Tuberville campaign bus catches fire in Alabama MORE recused himself.

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“Much of the bad blood with Russia is caused by the Fake & Corrupt Russia Investigation, headed up by the all Democrat loyalists, or people that worked for Obama. Mueller is most conflicted of all (except Rosenstein who signed FISA & Comey letter). No Collusion, so they go crazy!” Trump tweeted in April.

There were even multiple reports that the president considered firing Rosenstein that same month, possibly as a lead-up to firing special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE.

According to the Journal, that dynamic has changed, and Rosenstein visits the White House as often as three times per week. Trump reportedly seeks out Rosenstein's advice on hot-button issues such as immigration.

In a statement provided to the Journal, the Department of Justice said Rosenstein and Trump have a “productive working relationship.”

Rosenstein’s improved standing with the president comes amid growing tension between Trump and Sessions, Rosenstein's superior at the Justice Department.

“The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax continues, all because Jeff Sessions didn’t tell me he was going to recuse himself...I would have quickly picked someone else. So much time and money wasted, so many lives ruined...and Sessions knew better than most that there was No Collusion!” Trump tweeted in June.

The president has proven to be easily irritated by the Mueller probe. He has lashed out at the special counsel’s focus on Donald Trump Jr.Don John TrumpTrump Jr. knocks CNN's Chris Cuomo over interview with father: 'I'm not pretending to be a journalist' Trump Jr. to interview president for reelection campaign's online show 'Triggered' Trump Jr. calls elderly supporter who was assaulted MORE over a meeting with a Russian lawyer, as well as at a current court case against his former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump turns to immigration; primary day delays expected GOP votes to give Graham broad subpoena power in Obama-era probe Will the 'law and order' president pardon Roger Stone? MORE.