Trump: I have a ‘fantastic’ relationship with Rosenstein
President Trump told The Wall Street Journal he has a “fantastic” relationship with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
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 Sessions recused himself.
“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 Mueller.
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. over a meeting with a Russian lawyer, as well as at a current court case against his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.