"I have not had that discussion with him", Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, told reporters in the White House briefing room, responding to questions about whether the president had soured on Sessions.
Spicer's remarks came after The New York Times reported that Trump had vented intermittently about Sessions since the attorney general recused himself from any Russia-related investigations conducted by the Department of Justice. Soon after that, the president fired Mr. Comey.
Trump did not take his attorney general up on the offer, but the strain between the two comes at a precarious time for the president.
The Times reported that Trump "has intermittently fumed for months over" Sessions' recusal from all Russian Federation matters, citing individuals close to the president.
Frustration that " runs both ways" may have prompted the suggestion from Sessions that he resign, unnamed sources told ABC.
The bickering between Sessions and Trump comes as the president slammed the Justice Department's handling of his executive order on immigration, which among other things, restricts travel to the US from several Muslim-majority countries.
A fractured relationship between Trump and Sessions would be significant and could amount to Trump abandoning one of his most loyal supporters. Sessions was the first and, for many months, the only USA senator to back Trump's campaign. Regardless of how much assistance they give him or how slavishly they attempt to cater to his rapidly shifting whims Donald Trump is simply incapable of carrying out the duties of the office.
Trump traces the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller to lead the investigation into Russian election interference back to Sessions decision to recuse himself.
According to Neiss, he got the idea from ex-Obama administration employee Pat Cunnane who tweeted out his own mockup of a presidential statement last week after Trump tweeted about the London terror attack.