Trump 'blamed Sessions' for loss of Alabama Senate seat because he quit to be attorney general: report
Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump (Photos: Gage Skidmore/Flickr and AFP Photo/SAUL LOEB)

President Donald Trump's difficult relationship with former Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) reportedly became more strained after Republicans lost the Senate seat that he vacated to accept the job of U.S. Attorney General for the Trump administration.


The working relationship between the president and attorney general began to crumble soon after Sessions announced early in 2017 that he would recuse himself from the investigation into Russia's interference in the U.S. election.

According to an Associated Press report that was published on Tuesday, the relationship became further frayed in July when FBI agents raided the home of Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager.

"Privately, he discussed firing Sessions, but was met with a wave of resistance from his advisers," the AP reported. "Some warned it would worsen the Russia probe, while Bannon told the president it would hurt with his base supporters, who loved Sessions’ tough-on-crime approach at the Justice Department."

And although the report notes that Chief of Staff John Kelly tried to repair the relationship, it continued to sour after Republican candidate Roy Moore lost the race for the Senate seat that was vacated by Sessions.

"But the rift between Trump and Sessions still has not healed," the AP wrote. "Recently, Trump bemoaned the Republicans’ loss in a special election in Alabama and in part blamed Sessions, whose departure from the Senate to head to Justice necessitated the election."