Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions are no longer talking to each other, according to a new report.
The relationship between the two has turned increasingly sour since Trump began attacking the attorney general (AG) on Twitter.
Expectation in Washington is that Trump is trying to pressure Sessions into quitting. However, if that fails, then he is also considering firing him during the August recess.
One adviser who speaks regularly to Trump told Politico: "He wants to fire him but he doesn't want the confrontation.
"He doesn't mind the long negative storyline. He will torture him every single day."
When Trump first nominated Sessions to be the next US AG, he described the then senator from Alabama as a "world-class legal mind" saying that "Jeff is greatly admired by legal scholars and virtually everyone who knows him".
But after Sessions recused himself from the Department of Justice Russia investigation, Trump said he was "disappointed", and has since begun taking nearly daily shots on Twitter.
In a tweet issued on Tuesday morning (25 July), Trump said: "Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!"
White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was asked by CNN on Wednesday 26 July whether Trump was going to fire Sessions, "I don't know the answer to that", was the response from Scaramucci.
Conversations have since begun about possible replacements with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Associate Attorney General Rudy Giuliani among the favourites.