Why Trump Is Standing by Acosta on the Epstein Plea Deal ,
Since late last year, different factions have been pressuring Donald Trump to sack Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta,
the president was still sticking to a script that he’s honed when confronting allegations against his powerful friends
And allies: double down and stand by your man. “For two and a half years, he’s been just an excellent secretary of Labor. He’s done a fantastic job,” Trump told reporters on Tuesday.
“If you go back and look at everybody else’s decisions, whether it’s a U.S. attorney or an assistant U.S. attorney or a judge… I would think you’d probably find that they would wish they maybe did it a different way.
I do hear that there were a lot of people involved in that decision, not just him. I can only say this from what I know, and what I do is he’s been a great—really great—secretary of Labor.”
The president added that “we’ll look at it very carefully, we’ll be looking at that very carefully, OK?” In February, Trump’s then-press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House , and if Trump on Tuesday was referring to a different, or the same, alleged internal review.
Still, some of Trump’s aides and confidants have privately urged the president to show Acosta the door ,
“I think the president is right now thinking that this thing is deeper than Acosta,” former Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), a Trump surrogate, said on Tuesday.
“I don’t think he’s going to let the Democrats get away with making this all about Acosta… The great thing that the Trump presidency has established is that the traditional thinking about ‘people are saying bad things about me,