Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke out finally about the constant stream of criticism coming from President Trump through his tweets and pronouncements to the media scolding his own attorney general.
He spoke to Tucker Carlson on Fox News about his decision that has led to so much public humiliation from the president - his recusal from Russian investigations.
"He has said again and again in many different forms throughout this barrage," Carlson said, "that you should have acted differently that you should have no recused yourself from oversight in the Russian investigation.
"Well you know I understand his feelings about it because this has become a distraction for him," Sessions explained.
"But, Tucker, I talk to experts in the Department of Justice, people who are trained in that, I'm confident I made the right decision," he concluded.
Sessions called the attacks from Trump "hurtful," but made excuses for the behavior from the president that even many of his supporters found exasperating.
"You've seen the president's criticism of you," Carlson asked, "do you think it's fair?"
"Well it's kind of hurtful," Sessions admitted, "but the president of the United States is a strong leader. He is determined to move this country in the direction he believes it needs to go to make us great again. And he has a lot of criticisms."
"He is steadfastly determined to get his job done, and he wants all of us to do our jobs, and that's what I intend to do."
The president has used his bully pulpit to bully his own attorney general from tweets berating his performance, to statements at press briefings describing his disappointment in his longtime friend. Tucker Carlson has used his platform on Fox News to implore of the president to stop berating Sessions and get back on track with his agenda.