Donald Trump says he's 'disappointed' in Jeff Sessions

PHOTO: President Donald Trump holds a news conference with Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri, in the Rose Garden at the White House on July 25, 2017.PlayTasos Katopodis/AFP/Getty Images
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President Donald Trump said today that he is "disappointed" in Attorney General Jeff Sessions, adding to a recent spate of public criticisms.

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"He should not have recused himself almost immediately after he took office, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me prior to taking office, and I would have, quite simply, picked somebody else. So I think that's a bad thing, not for the president but for the presidency. I think it's unfair to the presidency, and that's the way I feel," Trump said at a joint news conference.

Trump said that he wants Sessions "to be much tougher on the leaks from intelligence agencies, which are leaking like rarely have they ever leaked before at a very important level," he said.

"These are intelligence agencies. We cannot have that happen," he said.

PHOTO: President Donald Trump holds a news conference with Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri, in the Rose Garden at the White House on July 25, 2017 in Washington.Tasos Katopodis/AFP/Getty Images
President Donald Trump holds a news conference with Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri, in the Rose Garden at the White House on July 25, 2017 in Washington.

"We will see what happens. Time will tell. Time will tell," he added.

The joint news conference took place alongside Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who is visiting the White House today.

PHOTO: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner listen as President Donald Trump holds a news conference with Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri, in the Rose Garden at the White House on July 25, 2017.Tasos Katopodis/AFP/Getty Images
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner listen as President Donald Trump holds a news conference with Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri, in the Rose Garden at the White House on July 25, 2017.

Before giving his official remarks about Hariri's visit, Trump praised today's health care vote, calling it a "big step" and thanking Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for making "a tough trip to get here and vote."