Trump making case for apprenticeships to fill jobs gap

President Donald Trump has "no intention" of firing special counsel Robert Mueller who is investigating the alleged Russian meddling in last year's USA presidential polls, the White House has said.

Still, Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax and a Trump friend, suggested the president was already thinking about "terminating" Mueller from his position as special counsel.

The topic of both hearings is the Justice Department's budget.

Rosenstein's letter critical of Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation served as the Trump White House's first reasoning for firing Comey - though Trump later undercut that explanation by saying he fired Comey in hopes of ending the Russian Federation probe.

Criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller used to be off limits.

Ruddy appeared to be basing his remarks, at least in part, on comments from Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump's legal team, who told ABC in an interview Sunday that he was "not going to speculate" on whether Trump might at some point order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

White House officials have pointed to 6 million job openings across the United States-the highest level since 1980, it says-and the 8.4 percent U-6 unemployment rate as illustrative of the skills gap in action.

"We have regulations on top of regulations and in history nobody has gotten rid of so many regulations as the Trump administration", Trump said before he signed an order on apprenticeship. Read Also: Trump to announce Cuban policy next weekSeveral lawmakers came out in support of Mueller.

That includes the man who hired the special counsel and would have to do the firing.

It would be hard to make the case, he said, that the experience of interviewing for Federal Bureau of Investigation director would make it impossible for Mueller to fairly exercise the broad discretion afforded to prosecutors.

Rosenstein is charged with Mueller's fate because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters having to do with the Trump-Russia investigation.

Rosenstein's memo to Sessions about Comey was originally used to justify Comey's firing - although Trump undercut that a few days later, when he told NBC News that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation probe. Still, Gingrich said any special counsel with an agenda can "all of the sudden find something procedural and technical to latch onto".

At the time, Sessions said he was recusing himself only because he was involved in the 2016 campaign as an adviser to the Trump campaign. "But if you can't access child care to get there, and you can't partner to develop good programs because the workforce system that we have has been gutted, it's hard to see how you get to the goal that the president's laid out". Still, he said: "Bob Mueller did a great job as Federal Bureau of Investigation director". With that said, just over a month ago, many political pundits would have said that a Comey firing would have been just as detrimental to the public's opinion of Trump as a Mueller firing would be today. "I don't question his integrity at all, but he has to be careful not to create the impression of partiality".

  • Leroy Wright