White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer today did that old Washington dance that sometimes augurs the end for a presidential advisor, declining to say that President Trump has confidence in Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“I have not had a discussion with him about that,” Spicer said under repeated questioning from CBS’s Major Garrett. “If I haven’t had a discussion with him about a subject, I tend not to speak about it.”
Okay, fine, but first of all, he should have had that discussion, given reports that Trump is furious with Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation, a move that led to the appointment of a special counsel. And secondly, the answer one would expect is, I have not had that discussion with him, but I have no reason to think he doesn’t have confidence in the attorney general.
Otherwise, everyone suspects you have reason to think he doesn’t.