Pence Praises Sessions' 'Good Work,' But Also Defends Trump's 'Candor'

By Susan Jones | July 27, 2017 | 6:52am EDT
Vice President Mike Pence defends President Trump's public criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions by saying that Trump's "approach" is not to talk behind people's backs. (Screen grab from Fox News)

( - "I think the president's been very candid," Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday, as President Donald Trump continued to tweet his complaints about Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Pence told Fox News's Tucker Carlson that Trump was "disappointed" with Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation shortly after taking office. (But at the time he was confirmed to the post, Sessions didn't anticipate recusing himself.)

"I have to tell you, Tucker, you've been around Washington for a long time. I know, the Washington way is to talk behind people's backs. But that's not President Donald Trump's approach. One of the great things about this president is you always know where you stand. I think what the American people like about this president is he speaks candidly, he speaks openly, he's expressed his disappointment.

"But that doesn't mean that we don't recognize the good work the Justice Department has been doing under the attorney general's leadership, taking on MS-13 gangs, removing them from the streets; confronting sanctuary cities, rolling back that policy across the country," Pence said.

Tucker asked Pence if he worries that Trump might someday vent his displeasure with Pence via Twitter:

"I think one of the president's virtues is his candor," Pence replied. "We have a president who says what he means and means what he says. There's no attempt to hide his feelings.

"He's expressed disappointment here; it's very sincere. And he said we'll see what happens in the future, but at least the American people know and every member of the cabinet can know, that you will always know where you stand with President Trump."

Trump made his first public complaint about Sessions last week in an interview with the New York Times. Since then, he has tweeted his displeasure multiple times, even telling a news conference on Tuesday, "I am disappointed in the attorney general."

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