President Trump on Saturday escalated his Twitter feud with his former attorney general, Jeff Sessions, telling him that he ‘had no courage’ and ‘ruined many lives’ by recusing himself from the Mueller investigation.
‘Jeff, you had your chance & you blew it,’ the president tweeted on Saturday.
‘[You] [r]ecused yourself ON DAY ONE (you never told me of a problem), and ran for the hills.
‘You had no courage, & ruined many lives.
President Trump is seen above at his golf club in Sterling, Virginia, on Saturday. Trump continued his Twitter feud with Jeff Sessions, his former attorney general who is running for the US Senate seat from Alabama
Trump has never forgiven Sessions for recusing himself from the Mueller investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. Trump (left) and Sessions are seen above in Quantico, Virginia, in December 2017
‘Jeff, you had your chance & you blew it,’ the president tweeted on Saturday. ‘[You] [r]ecused yourself ON DAY ONE (you never told me of a problem), and ran for the hills. You had no courage, & ruined many lives.’
Trump also called on Sessions to quit the race for his former US Senate seat from Alabama. The president has endorsed Sessions’ Republican rival, former college football coach Tommy Tuberville, in the GOP primary
Trump was reacting to a tweet from Sessions earlier on Saturday, in which the former attorney general wrote: ‘Mr. President, Alabama can and does trust me, as do conservatives across the country. Perhaps you’ve forgotten. They trusted me when I stepped out and put that trust on the line for you.’
‘The dirty cops, & others, got caught by better & stronger people than you.
‘Hopefully this slime will pay a big price.’
Trump also called on Sessions to quit the race for his former US Senate seat from Alabama.
The president has endorsed Sessions’ Republican rival, former college football coach Tommy Tuberville, in the GOP primary.
‘You should drop out of the race & pray that super liberal [Democratic Senator] Doug Jones, a weak & pathetic puppet for Crazy Nancy Pelosi & Cryin’ Chuck Schumer, gets beaten badly.
‘He voted for impeachment based on “ZERO”. Disgraced Alabama.
‘Coach Tuberville will be a GREAT Senator!’
Trump was reacting to a tweet from Sessions earlier on Saturday, in which the former attorney general wrote: ‘Mr. President, Alabama can and does trust me, as do conservatives across the country.
‘Perhaps you’ve forgotten.
‘They trusted me when I stepped out and put that trust on the line for you.’
Sessions gave up his 20-year Alabama seat when Trump appointed him Attorney General in 2017 – but he is now fighting to get his old seat back
President Trump is voicing his support for Tommy Tuberville who is running against former Attorney General Jeff Sessions who is facing a tough senate race
Hours after the president’s tweet, Sessions fired back at Trump to tell him that it was lucky he recused himself during Mueller’s Russia investigation
The back-and-forth on Twitter is a continuation of the feud which erupted on Friday, when the president endorsed Tuberville while slamming Sessions.
That prompted Sessions, who normally does not reply to Trump’s barbs, to fire back.
The Senate hopeful told Trump on Twitter that he is ‘damn fortunate’ he recused himself from Mueller’s investigation into Russia‘s alleged involvement in the 2016 election.
Trump encouraged Alabama’s voters to pick former Auburn coach Tuberville while declaring Sessions to have ‘let our country down’ because of his recusal in 2017.
‘Three years ago, after Jeff Sessions recused himself, the Fraudulent Mueller Scam began. Alabama, do not trust Jeff Sessions. He let our Country down. That’s why I endorsed Coach Tommy Tuberville ( @TTuberville ), the true supporter of our #MAGA agenda!’ the president wrote in the tweet.
Around four hours later, Sessions fired back: ‘@RealDonaldTrump Look, I know your anger, but recusal was required by law. I did my duty & you’re damn fortunate I did. It protected the rule of law & resulted in your exoneration. Your personal feelings don’t dictate who Alabama picks as their senator, the people of Alabama do.’
But Sessions still attempted to smooth things over with the president despite being humiliated on Twitter, by trying to embrace the Trump’s views on immigration while knocking Tuberville’s.
‘Tuberville’s a coward who is rightly too afraid to debate me. He says you’re wrong on China & trade. He wants to bring in even more foreign workers to take American jobs. That’s not your agenda and it’s not mine or Alabama’s. I know Alabama. Tuberville doesn’t,’ Sessions wrote.
Trump has long held anger towards Sessions ever since March 2017 when he recused himself from the Department of Justice’s investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election.
‘Sessions should have never recused himself,’ Trump said to the New York Times in July 2017. ‘If he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job, and I would have picked somebody else.’
Tuberville’s tweet earlier in the week was very similar to the president’s own message on Friday
Sessions has always stated that ‘The law required that I recuse myself from the investigation.’
‘The specific law for the Department of Justice required that I recuse myself from the Russian collusion investigation. To not recuse myself from that investigation, of which I was a target as a senior campaign official and a witness, would have been breaking the law. I do not and will not break the law.’ Sessions said in a statement earlier this month.
Sessions became the U.S. attorney general in 2017 and was fired by Trump in November 2018.
Tuberville and Sessions are running against one another in a July 14 Republican primary and will go on to face incumbent Democratic Alabama Senator Doug Jones in November’s election.
Sessions resignation came on November 7, 2018 – a day after the national mid-term elections, at Trump’s request.
President Donald Trump voiced his support for Republican Alabama Senatorial candidate Tommy Tuberville while slamming his political opponent, Republican candidate Jeff Sessions
Former American football coach and former player Tommy Tuberville is hoping to win a seat in the Senate and is campaigning in Alabama but faces Jeff Sessions in a runoff election in July
Trump had already formally endorsed Tuberville in March tweeting: ‘Tommy will protect your Second Amendment, (which is under siege), is strong on Crime and the Border, and truly LOVES our Military and our Vets.’
Tuberville’s tweet was eerily similar to the president’s after sending his own message earlier this week.
‘3 years ago today @jeffsessions threw @realDonaldTrump to the wolves with the Mueller appointment. When faced with supporting POTUS or running scared, Jeff Sessions chose the easy way out and recused himself. I won’t ever run from a fight in the U.S. Senate.’
A May survey suggested 55 percent of voters favoring Tuberville, with 32 percent supporting Sessions according to Newsweek.
In Alabama, Sessions in many ways was Trump before Trump on some policies issues, embracing hard line stances on immigration and trade.
Sessions was the first U.S. senator to endorse Trump, donning a Make America Great Again hat at an Alabama rally.
But in a political twist of irony, his public falling out with Trump threatens his hope of recapturing his former seat.
But Tuberville, boosted by name recognition from years as a football coach at Auburn University, positioned himself as a political outsider and tried to capitalize on Trump’s past criticisms of Sessions.
Sessions usually refers to Tuberville, who until last year was registered to vote in Florida, as a ‘tourist from Florida.’
The former senator also asked where Tuberville was at the time Session was helping Trump get elected.
‘Where was he when Donald Trump needed him?’ Sessions asked earlier this year.