Trump's tweets are 'official statements': Spicer

But in March, Sessions chose to recuse himself from any investigations into possible Russian involvement in the 2016 elections, after it was disclosed that he had met twice with the Russian ambassador to the USA previous year.

The White House has defended tweets by US President Donald Trump that have raised concern among opponents and allies alike.

"I have not had that discussion with him", Spicer told reporters during a White House briefing, adding: "if I haven't had a discussion with him about a subject, I tend not to speak about it". The reports said Sessions does not want to resign and instead seeks the freedom to do his job.

President Donald Trump - under pressure to cut back on 140-character cannonades - shot back Tuesday morning with two tweets defending his use of social media and slamming "fake" news organizations for trying to deny him his political sword and shield.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment to NPR's Carrie Johnson on the reports, which NPR has not confirmed.

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Trump is also displeased with lack of progress his Muslim ban has made in the court system, again assigning responsibility to Sessions.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

ABC News first reported Tuesday that Sessions offered to resign. The official said they wanted to avoid a repeat of what happened when Kellyanne Conway said Trump had confidence in Flynn only to find out hours later that the national security adviser had been pushed out.

Sessions was the first sitting USA senator to endorse Trump and became one of his top advisers on the campaign trail. Trump made clear to Sessions that although he did not like Sessions's decision to recuse himself, these people said, he still had faith in his attorney general, these people said. And Sessions' own team has become a part of Trump's inner circle: former Sessions chief of staff Rick Dearborn is now Trump's deputy chief of staff, and former Sessions spokesman Stephen Miller has evolved into a highly influential figure as Trump's policy director and speechwriter.

After the election, Sessions was rewarded with one of the most prominent positions in Trump's new administration, atop the Justice Department. These include the investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation, his sudden firing of the FBI Director James Comey and the battle over his revised executive order barring migrants from some predominantly Muslim nations.

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