President Donald Trump praised Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker on Friday, saying he is “a strong personality” who would do well in the Department of Justice.
Despite Whitaker’s appearance at several White House meetings, Trump said he does not know him very well but that he is “very, very highly thought of.”
“He’s probably, from what I hear, a very strong person, a very strong personality, and I think that’s what they need,” Trump said.
Whitaker, a chief of staff for former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, took power as acting attorney general on Wednesday, which included special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Trump defended Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general despite failing to get Senate confirmation, noting that Mueller was never confirmed by the Senate, either.