Trump and Sessions have had heated exchanges


Pressed repeatedly on the topic, Spicer said he simply had not talked to Trump about the matter and added: "If I have not had a discussion with him about a subject I tend not to speak about it".

According to the piece by Jonathan Karl, "Sessions at one point recently even suggested he could resign" with tensions rising between him and the president.

The White House on Tuesday defended recent tweets by U.S. President Donald Trump that have raised concern among opponents and allies alike.

On Monday, he took to Twitter to publicly criticize the department's legal strategy in defending his proposed travel ban barring the entry of people from certain Muslim-majority countries into the United States.

"I have not had that discussion with him", Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, told reporters in the White House briefing room, responding to questions about whether the president had soured on Sessions.

Trump's relationship with Sessions, though, is much stronger and longer-standing than his relationship ever was with Comey.

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Sessions was among Trump's earliest and most ardent supporters during the presidential campaign - a loyalty that Trump rewarded by nominating the long-time Alabama senator to be his chief law enforcement officer.

ABC asked Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores about the matter, but she declined to comment on whether or not Sessions had offered to resign.

For his part, Sessions has maintained to Trump and others that his decision came only after taking the advice of career officials, the person close to Sessions said.

The report also said that Trump has complained to Sessions and his aides about the attorney general's recusal from the investigation into alleged Russian election interference.

Comey is not expected to comment on whether he believes Trump obstructed justice.