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Trump doesn’t plan to fire Rosenstein after ‘good talk’

Reuters

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, right, leaves Air Force One with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly as they arrive in Orlando, Fla., on Monday.

Reuters ORLANDO, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. President Donald Trump said he had a “good talk” on Monday with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the Justice Department official in charge of the federal investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and has no plans to fire him.

There has been widespread speculation that Trump might oust Rosenstein, a frequent target of Trump’s tweeted criticism, after a New York Times report that he had made remarks about Trump’s fitness for office and offered to record conversations with him.

Rosenstein traveled with Trump on Air Force One to Orlando on Monday, where the president gave a speech to police chiefs. Upon landing, Rosenstein was seen smiling and appeared at ease as he walked down the front stairs of Air Force One alongside Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly.

“The press wants to know, ‘What did you talk about?’” Trump said at the start of his speech after he thanked Rosenstein for being there and noted the intense media interest.

“We had a very good talk, I will say. That became a very big story, actually. We had a good talk,” Trump said.

As he left the White House for Orlando, Trump was asked by a reporter if he had any plans to fire Rosenstein. “No I don’t, no,” he said.Speech

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