“Very unfair to the president:” President Trump rages at AG Jeff Sessions in New York Times interview

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 09: U.S. President Donald Trump (C) put his hand on the shoulder of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) after introducing him before Sessions's swearing in ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House February 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump also signed three executive orders immediately after the swearing in ceremony. Also pictured is U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (L). (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he never would have appointed Jeff Sessions as attorney general had he known Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation.

President Trump makes the extraordinary statement about Sessions in an interview with the New York Times Wednesday, July 19th.

He tells the paper that Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from all matters related to Russia was “very unfair to the president.”

President Trump also addresses the conversation he had with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a dinner for world leaders at a summit in Germany.

President Trump says the brief conversation consisted of “pleasantries more than anything else,” but says the two also discussed adoption.

That’s the same topic Donald Trump Jr. says he discussed with a Russian lawyer at a meeting that has drawn criticism.