After weeks of very awkward, very public feuding between President Donald Trump and his Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the two appear to achieved some form of detente this week, with newly appointed White House Chief of Staff John Kelly acting as peacemaker.
According to an Associated Press report out today, Kelly called Sessions to assure him that his position leading the Justice Department was, in fact, safe, though he said Trump was still frustrated with him. Nevertheless, Kelly’s outreach is essentially a green light from the administration for Sessions to continue pushing a hardline agenda targeting immigrants, recreational pot smokers, criminal justice reformers, and the LGBTQ community.
Trump’s still-simmering anger toward Sessions stems largely from the AG’s decision to recuse himself from the ongoing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. But Sessions—recognizing that he’s finally in a position to enact and enforce some of his most extreme policy goals—has been more than willing to take the brunt of the President’s ire, and has refused to step down.
Senate Republicans have also rallied to Sessions’ defense, and even the president’s hardline ultra-nationalist base seemed frustrated with the president’s repeated assaults on someone they see as one of their own. A recent Breitbart article noted that Trump’s ongoing attacks were “likely to fuel concerns from his base who see Sessions at the best hope to fulfill Trump’s immigration policies.”
Racist policies, it seems, outweigh junior high-esque feuds in the Trump White House.