Will Trump Fire Rod Rosenstein? Sarah Huckabee Sanders Refuses to Give Clear Answer About President's Plans

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dodged several questions Tuesday about the controversy surrounding President Donald Trump and the fate of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after reports surfaced that Rosenstein was on his way out.

Sanders was pressed by ABC's Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos over Trump's "confidence" in Rosenstein, and Sanders said the president wanted to continue his talks with the Justice Department's second-highest ranking official.

"Does the president have confidence in Mr. Rosenstein?" Stephanopoulos asked.

Sanders answered: "The president has confidence in the system.

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Stephanopoulos forced the issue and Sanders brought up some of the Justice Department and FBI officials whom Trump had accused of political bias against his campaign and administration regarding the Russia investigation. She also reiterated her statement from Monday that Trump and Rosenstein would speak again after the president returned from the United Nations in New York City.

"Uh well—again, I'm not gonna go ahead of the conversation that's gonna take place," Sanders said. "Certainly he wants things to take place. There have been a number of incidents that have caused a great deal of concern, not just to the president but to Americans all over the country. People like Bruce Ohr, [Andrew] McCabe and a number of others who have been dishonest and not played the role that they were meant to play through the FBI and through the Department of Justice, and the president wants to have a conversation with Rod Rosenstein and that will take place Thursday."

Stephanopoulos then turned to The New York Times report that said Rosenstein suggested last year that he wear a "wire" to secretly record Trump.

"He wants to know if Rod Rosenstein said, 'Should I wear a wire on the president?'" Stephanopoulos asked.

Sanders said: "I think he wants to have a conversation with him. They had a very long and good conversation yesterday, and they want to continue that in a couple of days."

The interview then focused on whether Trump would outright dismiss Rosenstein if Rosenstein did not resign. Several media reports on Monday stated Rosenstein had either resigned verbally to White House chief of staff John Kelly or that he was heading to the White House in anticipation of being fired.

"If Rosenstein refuses to resign will the president fire him?" Stephanopoulos asked.

"I won't get ahead of the president's decision-making," Sanders said.

Rosenstein, along with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, had both been subject to public ridicule by Trump over the Russia probe, and it's long been speculated that the president hoped to fire both men in an attempt to oust the special counsel.

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein leaves after a meeting at the White House September 24 in Washington, D.C. He is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump on Thursday, September 27. Getty Images/Alex Wong