Donald Trump says he is disappointed over Jeff Sessions' position on Russia probe but will not fire him

Washington: US president Donald Trump has said that he is not planning to sack Attorney-General Jeff Sessions, even as he reiterated he is "disappointed" over the latter's position on the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential polls.

"Well, I don't think I am doing that. But I am disappointed in the Attorney-General," Trump told reporters on Tuesday when asked whether he would be firing Sessions after he went against him on Twitter.

Trump was addressing a news conference at the White House with visiting Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri.

Earlier in the day, Trump accused Sessions of being "very weak" in the investigation into former secretary of state and the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's emails.

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!" he said in a tweet, expressing anger against the man who was the first US senator to endorse his candidacy.

Over the last few days, Trump had gone public in expressing dissatisfaction over Sessions' position on investigations related to Russian interference in the American presidential elections of 2016.

Sessions has recused himself from the government's probe of Russian meddling in the US election.

"He (Sessions) should not have recused himself almost immediately after he took office. If he was going to recuse himself, he should've told me prior to taking office and I would've, quite simply, picked somebody else," the president told the news conference.

Donald Trump says he is disappointed over Jeff Sessions position on Russia probe but will not fire him

File image of Jeff Sessions. Reuters

The president called it a a bad thing not for the president, but for the presidency. "I think it's unfair to the presidency. And that's the way I feel," he said.

The Attorney-General has said that he would stay in the position as long as it is appropriate.

Responding to another question, Trump said he wants Sessions to be much tougher when it comes to leaks of classified material. "I want the attorney general to be much tougher on the leaks from intelligence agencies, which are leaking like rarely have they ever leaked before, at a very important level. These are intelligence agencies. We cannot have that happen," he said.

"You know many of my views in addition to that, but I think that's one of the very important things that they have to get on with. I told you before I'm very disappointed with the attorney general. But we will see what happens. Time will tell. Time will tell," Trump said.

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Updated Date: Jul 26, 2017 07:20:17 IST

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