Friends again: Relations between Trump and Rosenstein on the mend

Source: Washington Examiner | October 8, 2018 | Kelly Cohen

All signs on Monday pointed to a mending in the fraught relationship between President Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

After telling reporters earlier in the day that he had no plans to fire the Justice Department’s second-ranking official, Trump met with Rosenstein aboard Air Force One and then described the discussion as “great.”

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said that the pair met for roughly 45 minutes during the flight from Washington to Orlando.

Rosenstein emerged with a smile on his face from Air Force One on Monday afternoon, walking down the airplane’s stairs with White House chief of staff John Kelly. Trailing behind was Acting Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Ed O’Callaghan, who was followed by the president.

According to Gidley, in a statement, the two “discussed various topics including the International Chiefs of Police event later today, support for our great law enforcement officials, border security, how to better address violent crime in Chicago, and general DOJ business.”

Kelly and O’Callaghan were also part of the meeting between Rosenstein and Trump.


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