When asked about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ future, Vice President Mike Pence echoed remarks by President Donald Trump, who said Tuesday that “time will tell” what will happen with the attorney general. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday said he stood behind President Donald Trump’s “candid” remarks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, while stressing that he and the president appreciate his good work at the Justice Department.
Pence praised the president for what he said was speaking openly to the American public, during an interview on Fox News.
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The vice president said that Trump’s string of criticisms aimed at Sessions are not evidence that the attorney general’s work at the Department of Justice is unappreciated.
“One of the great things about this president is you always know where you stand,” Pence told Fox News during an interview airing Wednesday night. “He speaks candidly, he speaks openly, he’s expressed his disappointment [in Sessions].”
Pence added: “But that doesn’t mean that we don’t recognize the good work the Justice Department has been doing under the attorney general’s leadership.”
The vice president pointed to Session’s work on combating gang violence and illegal immigration, as well as his efforts to stop cities from operating as safe havens for undocumented immigrants, as examples of successes.
When asked about Sessions’ future, Pence echoed remarks by Trump, who said Tuesday that “time will tell” what will happen with the attorney general.
“We will see what happens in the future, but at least the American people know and every member of the cabinet can know that you will always know where you stand with President Trump,” Pence said.