Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) on Thursday put blame on the media after President Trump’s repeated criticism of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsHealthcare and income stability are becoming increasingly difficult for Americans to access GOP rep blames media for Trump’s attacks on Sessions GOP senator to Trump: ‘Forget about’ replacing Sessions during recess MORE.
During an interview with CNN’s Kate Bolduan, Brat was asked whether he feels the president is at fault for “being the one who made the ‘beleaguered’ Sessions beleaguered.”
“No, no, I don’t. I mean, the mainstream press has just been relentless,” Brat said.
“I mean, we see the stats come out this week — healthcare gets 5 percent of coverage, the budget gets 2 percent of coverage and Washington gets 90 percent of coverage.”
Bolduan pushed back against Brat’s comments, arguing that there is no way media outlets are powerful enough to force the president to say what he said about Sessions.
“The media is not forcing the president to tweet his attacks,” she said.
“I think you did,” Brat responded.
“If you have 24/7 coverage and he doesn’t have an AG in place to cover the most important issue that the media covers with 90 percent of your coverage, the anchors across the mainstream — you guys are good, you’re fair to me, I know you’re going to wish me happy birthday today — but some of the others are just relentless.”
Brat said Trump is frustrated because he doesn’t have an attorney general who can “respond to the key issue that the media is grilling him on all day.”
“And so in politics, sometimes you got to do politics, and so I think that’s the source of the frustration,” he said.
When further pressed on whether he would admit the president tweeted the attack against Sessions under his own control, Brat said, “I will concede that the president did touch his keypad.”
Trump has lobbed a series of criticisms at Sessions in recent days.
In an interview last week, Trump said he likely would not have chosen Sessions as attorney general had he known he was going to recuse himself from the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election and possible collusion with Trump’s campaign.
Trump followed up with a number of tweets calling his attorney general “beleaguered” and claiming Sessions took a “VERY weak position on Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonGOP rep blames media for Trump’s attacks on Sessions Boy Scouts chief apologizes for Trump’s Jamboree address Dem lawmaker: Boy Scouts leader should condemn Trump’s ‘inappropriate remarks’ MORE crimes.”