White House press secretary Sean Spicer declined to affirm President Trump's confidence in Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, just hours after reports suggested the president had begun to sour on one of his staunchest supporters.
"I have not had a discussion with him about that," Spicer said when asked Tuesday about Trump's feelings toward Sessions.
"I'm answering a question, which is, I have not had that conversation with him," Spicer added. "If I haven't had a discussion with him about a subject, I tend not to speak about it."
The careful response stood in stark contrast to the way Spicer answered a similar question about Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and his senior adviser, in the wake of reports that Kushner's activities had fallen under the scrutiny of investigators. Spicer quickly told reporters Trump had confidence in Kushner following those reports.
White House officials, including counselor Kellyanne Conway, have drawn criticism in the past for affirming Trump's confidence in an official who was later scrapped. Conway said Trump had full confidence in his former national security adviser, Gen. Mike Flynn, shortly before Flynn was ousted in February for misleading the vice president.