And he may very well still be, but perhaps not immediately.
While it remains unclear what will happen, White House officials have said Trump likely won't fire Rosenstein until after the midterm elections, and Justice Department officials have said they are skeptical Rosenstein will quit now.
"I'm talking to him", said Trump.
President Trump said Wednesday he would prefer to keep Rod Rosenstein as his deputy attorney general and that he might postpone a high-stakes meeting set for Thursday to discuss the future of Rosenstein's job.
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump gave an unhinged press conference in which he, among other things, said George Washington might have committed sexual assault, attacked Canada, denied the fact that the entire United Nations laughed at him yesterday, and referred to a Kurdish reporter as "Mr. Kurd".
The White House sought this week to reassure senators that Trump doesn't plan to fire Rosenstein at the meeting, and doing so in person would be out of character for a president who has appeared reluctant to directly dismiss aides himself. He said he never said it, he said he doesn't believe it, he said he has a lot of respect for me, and he was very nice, and we'll see, and he is a member of the Trump administration in that sense, it is the Justice Department.
Rosenstein reportedly also suggested invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office a year ago. Caucus leader Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) said Tuesday that the group wants Rosenstein to answer questions about the explosive New York Times piece.
Rosenstein oversees Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, and the much ballyhooed - but unproven - accusations of collusion with the Trump campaign. But after meeting with chief of staff John Kelly and speaking by phone with Trump, he got a reprieve with the Trump meeting scheduled for Thursday.
Since the beginning of the Russian Federation investigation, Trump's legal advisers have privately raised questions about Rosenstein's oversight of the probe, suggesting he had a conflict because he was involved in Trump's decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey. Rosenstein appointed Mueller a week later. "We should let the president work it out with Rod Rosenstein".