President Trump not firing Rosenstein says they have “a very good relationship”
President Trump said today he is not firing Rosenstein. The two were traveling together today to Florida.
Trump told reporters at the White House that he had “a very good relationship” with Rosenstein and was eager to speak with him aboard Air Force One on a flight to Florida for the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference. They did talk, for about 45 minutes, but not alone, a White House spokesman said.
The group discussed violent crime in Chicago, support for local law enforcement, border security, the police chiefs’ conference they were flying to and “general DOJ business,” spokesman Hogan Gidley said without elaboration.
“The press wants to know, ‘What did you talk about?’” Trump said later to an audience of police officials. “But we had a very good talk, I will say.”
The trip provided a good opportunity for the two to mend fences after rumors swirled last month that Trump would fire Rosenstein after reports of the Deputy Attorney General joking about invoking the 25th Amendment.
Not firing Rosenstein even though the press including Fox News widely reported that he would after the New York Times story which also included reports Rosenstein secretly recorded the President.
“I didn’t know Rod before, but I’ve gotten to know him,” Trump said at the White House. “I look forward to flying with him. It’ll be very nice.”
The Justice Department has denied that Rosenstein had proposed invoking the 25th Amendment of the Constitution and issued a statement that said the remark about recording the president was meant sarcastically.
Even so, Rosenstein told White House officials that he was willing to resign and arrived at the White House at one point with the expectation that he would be fired. He met in person with White House chief of staff John Kelly and spoke by phone with Trump during a tumultuous day that ended with him still in his job.
Trump has said he is not firing Rosenstein. That is because it is less than a month until the mid-term elections and he does not need any distractions. Wait until after the election and see how fast the weasel Deputy Attorney General is sent packing.