U.S. President Donald Trump waves to members of the media on Monday before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C. Trump told reporters that he had no plans to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Trump said, "we had a very good talk", without elaborating. They postponed the meeting amid the Kavanaugh confirmation battle and speculation has abounded that Trump might fire Rosenstein. Rosenstein said the report was "inaccurate".
"No, I don't. No", he replied on the South Lawn when asked if he has plans to fire the deputy attorney general. It is not unusual for senior Justice Department officials to join Trump at such events.
Trump - who had delayed a previously announced White House meeting in which expectations were high that Rosenstein would depart - said they were going to talk Monday during a trip to Florida. "I haven't heard him say that again to me". Advisers had also cautioned Trump against doing anything dramatic in the weeks before the midterm elections next month.
Rosenstein flew with Trump to a conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Florida.
The increase in violence in 2015 and 2016 prompted alarm nationwide, including from Sessions, who warned of "the rising tide of violent crime" across the country.
"Rudy Giuliani, when he was mayor of New York City, had a very strong program of stop and frisk, and it went from an unacceptably unsafe city to one of the safest city in the country and I think the safest big city in the country, so it works", the president said.
Trump said Kavanaugh would be "a faithful defender of the rule of law".
The Times report, though, fueled speculation over whether Trump would fire Rosenstein, but the president signaled at a press conference on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly last month that his "preference would be to keep him, to let him finish up" the Russian Federation investigation.
The ACLU found Chicago Police officers made more than a 250,000 stops from May through August 2014 without arrests, far more than in New York City at the peak of that police department's stop-and-frisk practices.
It's not clear from Trump's comments if he was aware that the Chicago Police Department already conducts "stop and frisk", but under restrictions stemming from a 2015 agreement.