By Robin Eberhardt
July 25, 2017
A Breitbart story criticized President Trump Tuesday, calling his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions “hypocrisy” and arguing that Trump removing Sessions from his role could damage Trump’s ability to fulfill his campaign promises on immigration.
The story from the right-wing news source that was formerly run by Stephen Bannon, who is now White House chief strategist, claims that Sessions is “one of the vital pillars of Trump’s immigration agenda.”
“President Trump’s decision Tuesday to attack Attorney General Jeff Sessions over Sessions’ ‘position’ on Hillary Clinton various scandals only serves to highlight Trump’s own hypocrisy on the issue — and is likely to fuel concerns from his base who see Sessions at the best hope to fulfill Trump’s immigration policies,” reads the lede of the story.
The story praises Sessions as representing “some of the most significant achievements of Trump’s young administration,” mentioning Trump’s several travel ban orders and the attorney general’s support for enforcing mandatory minimum sentences.
During the presidential campaign, Trump vowed to build a wall on the border between the U.S. and Mexico that he promised he would have Mexico fund, and he issued two executive orders temporarily banning immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the country. A Supreme Court ruling this summer allowed the Trump administration to move forward with the travel ban, but allowed close family members to apply for visas.
The Trump administration has fought back on whether grandparents should be included in the ban, after a Hawaii court ruled that grandparents should be allowed to obtain visas.
Trump attacked Sessions last week in response to the attorney general’s previous announcement that he wold recuse himself from the investigations into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russians during the campaign. Trump made scathing comments to Sessions, saying he would not have given him his position if he knew he would recuse himself.
Trump is reportedly considering replacing Sessions with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) or Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), but both have denied that they are being considered for the position.
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