- Antonio Fins Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Jeff Sessions was in hot water with President Donald Trump. So he traveled to meet the president for a high-stakes encounter.
No, it wasn’t this week when the “beleaguered” Sessions — Trump’s word, not ours — went across town in Washington, D.C., for meetings at the White House.
Instead, it was four months ago, in early March, when Sessions flew down from the nation’s capital to meet with Trump at Mar-a-Lago.
At the time, Trump reportedly was furious at Sessions for recusing himself from matters related to the Russia probe.
The White House said Sessions had traveled to Palm Beach to meet with Trump on March 4 and had dinner with the president and other aides — including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and White House counsel Don McGahn.
Earlier that day, though, the focus had turned away from the Sessions matter to another controversial Trump tweet in which he accused former President Barack Obama of “tapping” his phones in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 8 election.
Just days before that weekend meeting, Trump tweeted support for Sessions, saying he was an “honest man.”
The White House did not discuss the outcome of the meeting in March at Mar-a-Lago, but it seemed to quell the president’s agitation.
That was then, this is now.
Trump’s “disappointment” — again, Trump’s word — has deepened in the ensuing months as the probe into reports of collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian nationals and officials grew more serious.