New White House chief of staff John Kelly assured Attorney General Jeff Sessions that his job was safe in a weekend phone call, Trump administration officials said.
The call, which was first reported by the Associated Press, occurred over the weekend. Kelly took the job Friday.
The officials said Kelly told Sessions to keep up his initiatives at the department and that Trump’s disappointment wouldn’t lead to his firing, as Trump has occasionally suggested. The call showed that Kelly sees himself as an empowered chief of staff, but Trump could surely change his mind, associates said.
Trump remains angry at Sessions for recusing himself from the probe involving the president’s campaign and potential Russian collusion.
At times last month, Trump was slamming Sessions daily on Twitter. However, the president has offered no public criticism of the attorney general for about a week.
The men were face to face with one another on Monday at the first Cabinet meeting since Kelly took over the job of running the White House.
Sessions, an early campaign supporter, has been on the outs with Trump for several months, even as the two men largely agree on policy. The Alabama law enforcement official has said he was stung by the criticisms from his boss, which have come on Twitter and in news interviews.
Tara Palmeri contributed to this report.