While it's unlikely Sessions will back down from marijuana enforcement, critics will likely continue to try to turn his attention to what they see as more urgent matters. Ted Lieu (D.-Calif.), a frequent critic of Sessions and the Trump administration, believes that the attorney general's priorities are greatly misguided.Dear Attorney General Jeff Sessions and @The Justice Dept: Let me give you a list of things more important for federal prosecutors and federal law enforcement to pursue other than marijuana: 1.
And this time, as his actions may be directed at the marijuana industry, people of color will be disproportionately harmed, some fear.
Sessions's directive makes it easier for American prosecutors to enforce federal marijuana laws in states where the substance is legal, such as California, which just legalized pot for recreational use on Jan. The Justice Department move drew swift criticism from jurisdictions and has caused confusion among entrepreneurs in the multibillion dollar industry.
Trump’s reaction to the meeting could play out in the coming days and weeks while he is away at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, advisers said.
But with 2018 and its stakes frequently on his mind, changes of personnel or strategy are possible, the people said.
Other advisers present outlined to the president what could be a difficult year ahead and urged the White House to beef up its management of the political calendar and party efforts.
Trump did not react angrily to what Lewandowski said and instead listened and watched for the reaction of others, revealing little about where exactly he lands in these debates among Trump associates, the people added.
“I am prepared to take all steps necessary, including holding DOJ nominees, until the Attorney General lives up to the commitment he made to me prior to his confirmation.” The Trump administration is already struggling to gain support with people of color — just 18 percent of nonwhites approve of the president, according to the most recent data from Gallup.
And that approval rating may continue to drop if they believe the Justice Department is disproportionately targeting communities that have already been devastated by the war on drugs.
A number of senior advisers in the White House say that the RNC is not doing enough to defend the president and that its communications and political operation need to be improved — with more Trump loyalists installed.