Trump says he "may delay" meeting with Rosenstein

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Trump says he "may delay" meeting with Rosenstein

US President Donald Trump said he would "prefer" to keep his embattled deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein - who oversees the Russian Federation collusion probe - but that he might delay a politically risky decision on the official's fate originally expected for Thursday.

President Trump said Wednesday that his "preference" is to keep the deputy attorney general while he is overseeing the special counsel's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election.

Trump said Rosenstein denied making remarks first attributed to him in a New York Times report, including that he had discussed possibly secretly recording the president and using the Constitution's 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

The future of the No. 2 official at the Justice Department was thrown into doubt on Friday with a report in the New York Times that Rosenstein had suggested to colleagues a year ago that he could secretly record conversations with the president and also discussed invoking the 25th Amendment that allows for removing a president who's unfit.

Trump scheduled the meeting for Thursday, the same day that Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teenagers, are set to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Trump indicated Wednesday that Rosenstein - who has dismissed the media reports as inaccurate - had gone a long way in persuading him. Speaking at the United Nations earlier, Trump said a time and location for the talks would be announced in the near future, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to travel to Pyongyang in October to discuss the matter further. "Hey, that's possible", Trump said. But after meeting with chief of staff John Kelly and speaking by phone with Trump, he got a reprieve with the Trump meeting scheduled for Thursday.

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Trump says he "may delay" meeting with Rosenstein

"I'm talking with him".

"They fought and died with us", Trump said of the Kurds.

The president has frequently criticized Rosenstein, who has been steadfast in trying to protect Mueller as the probe digs ever deeper into Trump's inner circle. Aides have advised Trump against taking any extreme actions ahead of the midterm elections with his party's majorities in Congress already under threat.

Bret Stephens, a New York Times columnist, argued on MSNBC's "Deadline: White House" with host Nicolle Wallace Tuesday that the outcome of this meeting could have massive implications for the future of the country.

Trump then asked other reporters in the room if they were Kurdish.

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