Trump was the target of further jabs as he described his own family’s immigrant story, recounting attending a naturalization ceremony as a guest with his parents recently.


“Each one is a fire of hope and promise not only for new citizens but for long time Americans,” he said. “Events like those, and what they represent and what they inspire, they make america great.”

In an interview with the New York Times earlier on Thursday, Bharara said he was asked to resign by the Trump administration after being told in November that he would be asked to stay. He told the paper that he received three calls from the incoming president in the interim. The third call he did not return because a newly inaugurated president reaching out personally to a federal prosecutor whose jurisdiction covers that president’s business affairs, he said, seemed improper.


The next day, he was asked to step down.

Bharara insisted he won’t run for public office. He’s currently a distinguished scholar in residence at NYU’s School of Law.