Presidenten sier også at han "ikke synes" at justisministeren trenger å erklære seg inhabil i granskingen av Russlands antatte forsøk på å påvirke presidentvalget i USA.

Justisministeren er i hardt vær etter at han ikke opplyste Senatet om at han hadde møtt Russlands ambassadør under valgkampen.

Sessions møtte Russlands ambassadør i Washington to ganger i løpet av 2016. Under en høring i Senatet før han ble innsatt som justisminister, sa Sessions at han ikke "kommuniserte med russerne" under valgkampen.

- Jeg møtte aldri russiske tjenestemenn for å diskutere valgkampspørsmål, sier Sessions selv. (©NTB)

Senate panel votes to confirm Jeff Sessions as Attorney General
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Trump's speech shows 'much more flexible' side possible: analyst
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