Trump and Sessions didn't discuss criticism in person: report

Trump and Sessions didn't discuss criticism in person: report
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President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE’s latest criticism of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Democrat stalls Biden's border nominee Garland strikes down Trump-era immigration court rule, empowering judges to pause cases MORE reportedly didn’t come up when the pair were in a meeting together on Thursday afternoon.

A source with knowledge of the Oval Office meeting told Axios that there was “not even a passing mention” of the day's exchange between the two officials.

“To the point where I don’t even know if he [Trump] was aware of his [Sessions’s] statement,” the source told Axios, referencing the pointed remarks Sessions released the morning of the meeting in response to Trump's criticism of the attorney general's leadership of the Department of Justice.

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Trump criticized Sessions during an interview with Fox News, attacking him for his recusal from matters related to the federal investigation into Russia's election interference.

"You know the only reason I gave him the job? Because I felt loyalty, he was an original supporter," Trump said in the interview. 

“The Dems are very strong in the Justice Department," Trump continued. "And I put in an attorney general that never took control of the Justice Department, Jeff Sessions. Never took control of the Justice Department."

Sessions defended himself, saying that he will not let investigations in the Department of Justice “be improperly influenced by political considerations.”

“I demand the highest standards, and where they are not met, I take action,” Sessions said in a statement.

The exchange was reportedly not mentioned during the Thursday Oval Office meeting that included senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerKushner launching investment firm in move away from politics: report Washington Post calls on Democrats to subpoena Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Meadows for testimony on Jan. 6 Unsealed documents detail Trump and Biden efforts on reporter records MORE, counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayAides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book 7 conservative women who could replace Meghan McCain on 'The View' Karen Pence confirms move back to Indiana: 'No place like home' MORE and director of strategic communications Mercedes Schlapp.

Trump, however, did reportedly tell Sessions during the meeting that those convicted of illegally dealing fentanyl should get the death penalty, according to a Bloomberg report.

The president responded to Sessions's statement publicly on Friday morning, quoting the statement and saying, "Jeff, this is GREAT, what everyone wants, so look into all of the corruption on the 'other side' including deleted Emails, Comey lies & leaks, Mueller conflicts, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr..."