The Latest: Trump says he has no plans to fire Rosenstein

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (all times local):

9 p.m.

President Donald Trump has declared a reprieve for Rod Rosenstein, saying he has no plans to fire his deputy attorney general.

Rosenstein’s future has been the source of intense speculation since news reports last month that in early 2017 he had discussed the possibilities of secretly recording Trump to expose chaos in the White House and invoking constitutional provisions to have him removed from office.

Trump traveled with Rosenstein to an international police chiefs’ conference in Florida Monday.

As he returned to the White House, Trump told reporters: “I’m not making any changes. We just had a very nice talk. We actually get along.”

Rosenstein later attended the ceremonial swearing-in of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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12:59 p.m.

President Donald Trump talked for about a half hour to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during their flight Monday to Orlando, Florida, for a speech to police chiefs around the world.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley says the two did not speak alone and that others sat in on their chat aboard Air Force One.

He did not disclose details of their conversation, but referred back to the president’s comments as he left the White House saying he did not intend to fire Rosenstein.

Rosenstein’s tenure at the Justice Department has been in question since news reports last month that he’d discussed possibly secretly recording Trump and invoking constitutional provisions to get him removed from office.

Rosenstein, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, denied the reports.

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10:47 a.m.

President Donald Trump says he doesn’t have plans to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Rosenstein’s job security has been under question since news reports last month that he had discussed possibly secretly recording Trump to expose chaos in the White House and invoking constitutional provisions to get him removed from office.

Rosenstein is joining Trump aboard Air Force One to an event in Florida on Monday, a likely indication that his Justice Department job is at least temporarily safe.

Trump told reporters Monday that he has a “very good relationship” with Rosenstein. Their meeting two weeks ago was postponed amid the Supreme Court nomination hearings.

Rosenstein oversees special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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8:00 a.m.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will fly with President Donald Trump on Air Force One on Monday to a police chiefs’ conference in Florida.

The flight may give Trump and Rosenstein their most extensive conversation since last month’s news reports that Rosenstein had discussed possibly secretly recording Trump to expose chaos in the White House and invoking constitutional provisions to get him removed from office.

The reports, which Rosenstein denied, fueled speculation that Rosenstein might be fired or resign.

Rosenstein and Trump had been expected to meet at the White House days later, but that meeting was put off so that the president could focus on a confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Trump will speak at the International Association Chiefs of Police conference in Orlando.

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