President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump repeats claim without evidence that paid protesters disrupted his rallies Five takeaways from the final Tennessee Senate debate Trump rails against Dems at Pennsylvania rally as Hurricane Michael batters Florida MORE on Thursday said he would overrule Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump talked with Sessions aide about serving as attorney general: report McConnell: Next attorney general won’t come from Senate House panels postpone meeting with Rosenstein MORE if he tries to stymie efforts to overhaul the criminal justice system.
“If he doesn’t, then he gets overruled by me,” Trump said when asked during an interview with “Fox & Friends” about Sessions’s opposition to the effort.
“There has to be a reform because it’s very unfair right now,” the president added. “It’s very unfair to African Americans. It’s very unfair to everybody. And it’s also very costly.”
Sessions, a law-and-order candidate who became estranged from Trump over the Russia probe, played a role in successfully urging the president to put off action on criminal-justice reform before the midterm elections.
Trump’s comments come hours before he’s scheduled to have lunch with the rapper Kanye West and former NFL star Jim Brown, who are expected to urge Trump to move forward with sentencing and prison reforms.
The president heaped praise on West and Brown, saying the support from the rapper caused his approval among African-Americans to shoot up “like 25 percent” because “he’s got a big following in the African-American community.”
“First of all, I like him a lot,” Trump said of West. “He’s a friend of mine. I’ve known him for a long time. He’s a different kind of guy. He’s a very different kind of a guy, I say that in a positive way.”