Trump After Rosenstein Talk: 'Everybody Understands There Was no Collusion'

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Later, on Air Force One, Trump also discussed Chicago crime with embattled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, as the potential for his resignation or firing seems to have diminished for now.

The meeting came after The New York Times published a story last month about Rosenstein's alleged plotting in the wake of James Comey's firing from the Federal Bureau of Investigation a year ago.

"I've told them to work with local authorities to try to change the awful deal the city of Chicago entered into with ACLU, which ties law enforcement's hands, and to strongly consider Stop and frisk", said Trump. The same day, Trump and Rosenstein spoke by phone while the president was at an United Nations conference in NY.

The President visited Orlando after his second Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in over the weekend.

It was not immediately clear whether Trump and Rosenstein would hold that meeting on the trip to Florida on Monday.

"No, I don't. No", he replied on the South Lawn when asked if he has plans to fire the deputy attorney general.

The speculation over Rosenstein's future concerned Democrats, who feared that a dismissal could lead to Trump curtailing Mueller's probe.

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"Gotta be properly applied, but stop-and-frisk works", Trump said.

Rosenstein's status has been in question since reports surfaced last month that he had talked about recording Trump to expose chaos inside the White House. The White House said conversations between Rosenstein and Trump would continue after Trump returned from UN General Assembly events. Trump traveled to Orlando with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

As the plan was taking shape, Rosenstein went to the White House expecting he would be fired but wound up staying in his job.

Trump also said reducing crime "begins with respecting law enforcement". Despite protests, Trump backed him the whole time.

Should Democrats take the House in November's midterm elections, such talk from a senior Democratic leader could spawn impeachment proceedings.

The Times report, though, fueled speculation over whether Trump would fire Rosenstein, but the president signaled at a press conference on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly last month that his "preference would be to keep him, to let him finish up" the Russian Federation investigation.

The use of "stop-and-frisk" has since been dramatically reduced in NY, with fewer than 11,000 stops reported in 2017 compared to more than 680,000 in 2011.

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