Trump blasts 'terrible' Chicago crime, but figures are down

Lamar Ellis
October 9, 2018

Asked by a reporter if he had any plans to fire him, Trump said: "No I don't, no".

"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.

He's talking about a return to "stop-and-frisk" policies that run contrary to Chicago's ongoing effort to fix shattered public trust between citizens and police, the mayor said.

Rosenstein oversees Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

"Look, I'm traveling with Rod I didn't know Rod before". That will be very nice.

Trump and Rosenstein had been scheduled to meet last week to discuss The New York Times report that flung Rosenstein into limbo.

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Washington was briefly abuzz on September 24 when Rosenstein headed to the White House to meet with chief of staff John Kelly, but reports that the retired Marine Corps general was handing him a pink slip turned out to be inaccurate. He met in person with White House chief of staff John Kelly and spoke by phone with Trump during a tumultuous day that ended with him still in his job.

Trump had previously said that he would prefer not to fire the Justice Department's No. 2 official and that Rosenstein has told him he did not say the remarks attributed to him. "There's no reason for what's going on there", Trump said, adding that Chicago should "strongly consider stop and frisk". Advisers had also cautioned Trump against doing anything dramatic in the weeks before the midterm elections next month.

The speculation over Rosenstein's future concerned Democrats, who feared that a dismissal could lead to Trump curtailing Mueller's probe.

Rosenstein assumed supervision of the investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself because of his own contacts with Russia's ambassador to Washington while serving as a Trump campaign adviser became public.

But even as Trump has made a decision to leave Rosenstein in place - for now - the matter of what Rosenstein said and proposed doing likely will remain a political issues heading into the homestretch of the midterms - and beyond.

Rosenstein had appeared close to being fired following U.S. media reports - which he denied - that he discussed secretly recording Trump and using the 25th constitutional amendment for removing presidents found to be unfit for office.

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