President Trump on Thursday said his relationship with Attorney General Jeff Sessions is "fine" — and also offered him a few words of praise.
"He's working hard on the border. I'm very proud of what we've done at the border," Trump told reporters at the Bedminster National Golf Club, where he is currently on vacation.
Of his relationship with his attorney general, Trump said, "It is what it is. It's fine."
The relationship between the two first soured when Trump told The New York Times in mid-July he was disappointed Sessions recused himself from the Justice Department's broader investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Had he known Sessions would recuse himself, Trump said, he would have never appointed Sessions to begin with.
Then, Trump made a series of disparaging comments about Sessions both on Twitter, in interviews, and at news conferences.
However, Sessions has made it clear he does not intend to resign his role and Chief of Staff John Kelly has assured him his job his safe.
When asked by reporters if Trump had talked with Sessions or the FBI about the raid on Paul Manafort, his former campaign manager, Trump said he had not.
"I thought it was a very, very strong signal, or whatever. I know Mr. Manafort. Haven't spoken to him for a long time, but I know him. ... I thought it was a very – you know, they do that very seldom, so I was surprised to see it. I was very, very surprised to see it," Trump said.
The FBI raid on Manafort's Virignia home was initiated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who took over the investigation after Sessions' recusal.
The president has been outspoken about Mueller's investigation, and reports swirled that Trump wanted him fired — even though only Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein can do so.
Trump told reporters he hasn't "given [dismissing Mueller] any thought."
"No, I'm not dismissing anybody. I mean, I want them to get on with the task. But I also want the Senate and the House to come out with their findings," Trump said, adding that his administration is actively working with Mueller.
"We have a situation thats very unusual. There was no collusion between us and Russia. In fact, the opposite. Russia spent a lot of money on fighting me," he said. "We have an investigation of something that never took place. And all I say is work with them, because this is an event that never took place."