President Trump’s management style isn’t making him many friends in Congress.
Trump’s habit of bullying his allies has sown seeds of doubt about whether any political sacrifice by a GOP lawmaker will be rewarded — or even remembered — by the president.
Trump’s pointed criticism of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsDem warns of ‘steps’ Senate may take to block Trump on recess appointment Graham tells Sessions: ‘Just hang in there’ OPINION | How Trump could fire Sessions, Mueller and still have GOP support MORE, who was the only senator to endorse Trump for much of last year’s presidential campaign, has shocked many GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill who have rallied to their former colleague’s defense.
Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamGraham tells Sessions: ‘Just hang in there’ The Memo: Justice Department veterans reeling over Sessions drama Trump’s attacks stun Republican senators MORE (R-S.C.), who served for years with Sessions on the Judiciary Committee, said Trump “belittling and humiliating the attorney general” was “unseemly” and “inappropriate.”
The public shots are “a sign of great weakness on the part of President Trump,” he said.
What bothers lawmakers the most is that Trump seems to want to embarrass his targets.
Some note that Sessions resigned from his safe Senate seat to join the executive branch and work for Trump.
They say it is wrong that Sessions has become a target of the president’s ire for following Justice Department guidelines and recusing himself from oversight of the Russia investigation.
Trump scolded Sessions again on Wednesday in a post on Twitter for not replacing acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, whose wife received contributions from Clinton donors for a state senate campaign.
A day earlier, he told reporters at a White House briefing that he was “disappointed” in the attorney general and left open the possibility that he would fire Sessions.
In another shot heard loud and clear in the…