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Sessions tells AP he's not stepping down unless asked
Beleaguered attorney general to continue forwarding Trump agenda
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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador, El Salvador, Thursday. Sessions is forging ahead with a tough-on-crime agenda that once endeared him to President Trump, who has since taken to berating him. Sessions is in El Salvador to step up international cooperation against the violent street gang MS-13. - photo by Associated Press
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — After being berated for a week by President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he will stay in the job for as long as Trump wants him to serve.Sessions told The Associated Press he and Trump have a "harmony of values and beliefs" and he intends to stay and fight for the president's agenda "as long as he sees that as appropriate.""If he wants to make a change, he has every right," Sessions said in an interview outside the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador during a mission to increase international cooperation against the MS-13 gang. "I serve at the pleasure of the president. I've understood that from the day I took the job."Congressional Republicans have rallied around Sessions, a former senator from Alabama, and expressed mortification at the humiliation visited on him by Trump in several interviews and a series of tweets branding him weak and ineffective.Trump is upset that Sessions recused himself months ago from the investigation into interactions between Russian officials and the Trump campaign, and that he has not taken a tougher line against his defeated Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina warned Thursday there would be "holy hell" to pay if Trump fired Sessions.After meeting his Salvadoran counterpart, Sessions told AP he was "thrilled" with the support he's received, presumably from lawmakers."I believe we are running a great Department of Justice," he said.
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