This evokes images of mob bosses taking subordinates for a one-way car ride.
Courtesy of NYT:
Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, and President Trump planned to travel to Florida together on Air Force One Monday morning, a week and a half after the two were scheduled to discuss remarks Mr. Rosenstein had made about the president’s fitness for office and an offer to secretly tape conversations with him.
The two men were scheduled to leave for Orlando, where Mr. Trump is to deliver a speech at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference in the early afternoon.
A Justice Department official confirmed that Mr. Rosenstein planned to travel on Air Force One to accompany the president for his speech, but did not share an agenda for any meeting.
Presumably, Mr. Rosenstein and Mr. Trump will use their time on board to discuss the fact that the deputy attorney general had offered to secretly tape his conversations with Mr. Trump in the chaotic days after the president fired James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, in the spring of 2017. At that time, Mr. Rosenstein also brought up the possibility of invoking the 25th amendment to remove Mr. Trump from the White House.
I would actually be surprised if Trump fired Rosenstein today.
First Trump is a coward who does not like to do these things face to face, and second, with the Kavanaugh confirmation debacle behind him, there is really nothing significant from which he needs to distract attention.
Besides, he also said he has no plans to fire Rosenstein in an interview today.
Courtesy of Politico:
President Donald Trump told reporters on Monday that he has no plans to fire deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who will accompany the president on his day trip to Orlando aboard Air Force One.
“I look forward to being with him. That’ll be very nice,” Trump said of Rosenstein. “We’re going to be talking. We’ll be talking on the plane. I actually have a good relationship, other than there’s been no collusion, folks, no collusion. But I have a very good relationship.”
Asked directly if he has plans to fire Rosenstein, Trump said: “no, I don’t.” He added later that he “didn’t know Rod before, but I’ve gotten to know him and I get along very well with him.”
Now before you do that whole dusting off your hands’ motion and say “Well that’s that.” keep in mind that Trump also said he was not planning to fire Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, or Preet Bharara, and we all know how that worked out.
Still, I don’t think Trump will do it today.
Will he do it someday, oh hell yeah. Just not today.