Following his scathing NYT interview published on Wednesday, in which Trump said he regretted appointing the Attorney General, and said would not have chosen Sessions to serve as attorney general had known Sessions would recuse himself from the investigation into Russian election meddling, on Thursday AG Sessions said he plans to continue to serve in his post "as long as that is appropriate."
"I have the honor of serving as attorney general. It's something that goes beyond any thought I would have ever had for myself," Sessions said during a press conference Thursday.
"We love this job, we love this department and I plan to continue to do so as long as that is appropriate," Sessions said. Quoted by The Hill, he added that those who work in the DOJ "will continue every single day to work hard to serve the national interests and we wholeheartedly join in the priorities that President Trump."
"I'm totally confident that we can continue to run this office in an effective way," he said.
It remains to be seen if Sessions' comment will placate Trump: in Wednesday's interview, the president called Sessions' recusal "very unfair to the president" saying that "sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else," Trump said.
"How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, 'thanks, Jeff, but I'm not going to take you," he continued. "It's extremely unfair – and that's a mild word – to the president."
Last month Sessions offered to resign from his position, but Trump did not take him up on the offer. This time the outcome may be different, especially if Trump is concerned that Mueller's digging into the president's financial dealings may unveil something unpleasant.