Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Trump criticism is 'hurtful'

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Fox News on Thursday that public criticism by President Donald Trump has been "hurtful."

"I serve at the pleasure of the president," Sessions said . "If he wants to make a change, he can certainly do so and I would be glad to yield in that circumstance, no doubt about it. But I do believe that we are making tremendous progress."

Sessions stands by his decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation despite the barrage of criticism he has received publicly from President Trump.

"I talked to experts in the Department of Justice, people trained in that. I am confident I made the right decision, the decision that is consistent by rule of law.

"An attorney general who doesn't follow the law is not very effective in leading the Department of Justice," Sessions said.

While President Trump's criticism of him is "hurtful," Sessions said he appreciates that the president has the country's best interests in mind.

"Well, um, it's kind of hurtful.

"But the president of the United States is a strong leader," Sessions said. "He is determined to move this country in the direction he believes it needs to go to make us great again. He's had a lot of criticisms and he's steadfastly determined to get his job done and he wants all of us to do our jobs.

"And that's what I intend to do," Sessions said.

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