President Trump continues pummeling Jeff Sessions, but this time he punches back

President Trump and Jeff Sessions in 2017

Enlarge Image President Trump and Jeff Sessions in 2017 Evan Vucci AP

'Jeff, you had your chance & you blew it, ' the president tweeted on Saturday. But Trump in March said that the recusal prompted him to endorse Tuberville over Sessions.

Sessions, 73, represented Alabama in the U.S. Senate from 1997 to 2017 but resigned when Trump appointed him U.S. attorney general.

"Mr. President, Alabama can and does trust me, as do conservatives across the country", Sessions wrote. I did my duty and you're damn fortunate I did.

The victor will face Democratic Senator Doug Jones in November, who in 2017 became https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-alabama/alabama-senate-race-winner-urges-republican-rival-to-move-on-idUSKBN1E824T the first Democrat to win a Senate seat from Alabama in a quarter century after the Republican candidate was accused of sexually harassing teenage girls as an adult.

Sessions' latest defense comes as he faces Tommy Tuberville in a tough Republican runoff primary election for Alabama's US Senate seat - a race that pits the man who held the seat for 20 years against a political neophyte.

"When faced with supporting POTUS or running scared, Jeff Sessions chose the easy way out and recused himself".

The president went on to say that Sessions "should drop out of the race".

Sessions, 73, said his March 2017 decision, forced because he did not disclose to Congress contacts with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 election, "protected the rule of law and resulted in your exoneration".

Sessions faces a primary runoff against former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville.

The back-and-forth weekend explosion between Trump and Sessions is somewhat of a pivot for Sessions who, on Thursday, repeatedly praised the president and his "America First" agenda during a phone call with the Mobile County Republican executive committee.

Sessions responded to the president, saying on Twitter, "Your personal feelings don't dictate who Alabama picks as their senator, the people of Alabama do".

"Sessions should have never recused himself", Trump told the New York Times in July, 2017. Tuberville has begun airing ads featuring Trump's criticisms of Sessions. "I know Alabama. Tuberville doesn't", Sessions said.

But Sessions resigned as attorney general in November 2018.

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