President Trump meets the press

President Trump meets the press

President Donald Trump sat down with NBC’s Chuck Todd for a 35 minute interview on “Meet the Press” Sunday.

They discussed the situation with Iran and his decision-making process on calling off the strike, Middle East politics in general, the Southern border situation, the Mueller report and subsequent Congressional investigation, and his reelection prospects, among other topics.

When asked what he would choose if he could have a “do over” as president, Trump said the appointment of Jeff Sessions as attorney general. The president did not elaborate and Todd did not follow up with quastions as to why, but rather moved on to other topics.

Here is the exchange:

CHUCK TODD:

If you could have one do over as president, what would it be?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP:

Well, it would be personnel.

CHUCK TODD:

Who is it?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP:

I would say if I had one do over, it would be, I would not have appointed Jeff Sessions to be attorney general. That would be my one —

CHUCK TODD:

That’s your, in your mind, that’s your worst mistake?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP:

Yeah, that was the biggest mistake.

Sessions was pushed out as attorney general after his once sterling relationship with Trump turned toxic. Trump never forgave Sessions for stepping aside from the Russia investigation because of his campaign advocacy and following the revelation that he had met twice in 2016 with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

Trump blamed the recusal for the appointment of Mueller, who took over the Russia investigation two months later and began examining whether Trump’s hectoring of Sessions was part of a broader effort to obstruct the probe.

Read President Trump’s full, unedited interview on Meet the Press, at NBC News.