Trump’s anti-Sessions tweets dismay Alabama’s Republicans

By SADIE GURMAN
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – Attorney General Jeff Sessions is flying to El Salvador to talk about gang violence, with his future as the nation’s top prosecutor still in doubt.

He left Thursday after a week of blistering public scorn from President Donald Trump about Sessions’ performance. Trump called Sessions “beleaguered” and “very weak.” He said he never would have hired him if he had known he would recuse himself from the Russia investigation.

All of this has fueled speculation that Sessions might resign. But he continues to forge ahead on his priorities. In El Salvador, he will meet local law enforcement officials and former MS-13 gang members and tour a prison. Sessions has promised to get tough on MS-13. He’s called the gang a top threat to public safety in the U.S.

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By KIM CHANDLER
Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – President Donald Trump has very strong support in Alabama, but his public flogging of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is dismaying Republicans who consider the conservative stalwart to be a home state hero.

Trump’s near-daily Twitter humiliation of Sessions, an apparent effort to force him out, puts Trump supporters in awkward positions ahead of next month’s special primary election for the U.S. Senate seat Sessions vacated.

Congressman Mo Brooks is one of three candidates in the race. He calls Trump’s treatment of Sessions a “public waterboarding of one of the greatest people Alabama has ever produced.”

One Trump voter, Joe Aikin of Birmingham, says “you just don’t treat people like this.”

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