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Ex-Rep. Flanagan: Sessions Slap Just Prez Talking 'Trumpese'

J.D. Hayworth on Newsmax TV

By    |   Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 02:40 PM

Do not read too much into President Donald Trump's dismissive comments about Attorney General Jeff Sessions — because the commander-in-chief speaks in his own unique language called "Trumpese," former Rep. Michael Patrick Flanagan told Newsmax TV.

"You've got to speak 'Trumpese,'" Flanagan, a Republican who represented Illinois' Fifth District from 1995 to 1997, told host J.D. Hayworth on Thursday. "Trump does not speak the language you and I do. He speaks a big-city, stream-of-consciousness, word-salad way of talking."

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Trump said Wednesday he would not have appointed Sessions attorney general if he knew he was going to recuse himself from the investigation into Russia's interference with the 2016 presidential election, telling The New York Times it "very unfair to the president."

"Sessions should have never recused himself — and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job, and I would have picked somebody else," Trump said.

Flanagan - president of the Washington D.C.-based public policy and lobbying group Flanagan Consulting LLC — said just because Trump said he might not have hired Sessions, it "does not mean that he won't keep him now and does not mean that he's not satisfied now."

"You've got to be careful. We all have to be careful . . . about what he actually says," Flanagan said. "And what he actually said is 'if he recused himself, I wouldn't have hired him.'"

"But he didn't finish the sentence [in] which he might have [said]: 'But he's done a good job since then, so I'm glad he did hire him.' That wasn't in the sentence. But that doesn't mean it wasn't in his head."

Flanagan criticized Trump's decision to talk to The New York Times, which the president routinely criticizes.

"Why does he have this sort of exposition of his mind to the hated New York Times is beyond me," he told Hayworth.

"When you talk to these hostile members of the press, and you're trying to make friends out of them by telling them things they want to hear, it only makes them have greater contempt for you. It only makes them hate you more. Stop communicating with them.

"They are not your friend. They will never be your friend. They do not want to be your friend. And because you enjoyed a nice relationship with them when you were a public personality in the entertainment business does not mean you are ever going to be friends with them while you're in the political business. Let it go."

Flanagan added he does not believe Sessions needed to recuse himself.

"He recused because his pals in the Senate wanted him to – because it was the path of least resistance," he said.

"Because he probably thought he was doing the president a favor by doing that, by solidifying his nomination and preventing him from being the subject of long discussion and having a crippled AG by the time the Senate Democrats and their helpers on the Republican side got done with them.

"I really think that's the only reason he did it. I do not believe that there was any legal underpinning that required him to do it . . . I think he's doing a fine job now."

In the Times interview, Trump was asked if Robert Mueller – the ex-FBI chief appointed investigate to Russia's meddling and whether the Trump campaign colluded – would "cross a red line" if he looked at Trump family finances beyond their relationship to Russia.

"I would say, yes," Trump replied, without saying he would deal with that scenario should it happen. "I think that's a violation. Look, this is about Russia."

Flanagan said: "I wouldn't put too much emphasis on Trump having some sort of grand communications plan at work here . . . Trump just says what's on his mind, and it's forthright, and it's honest, and it's good.

"I think it's just Trump being Trump, and there's nothing much wrong with that, but I think that Mueller is going to have a high hill to climb."

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