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Trump: I Was Going to Fire Comey No Matter What DOJ Said

This story keeps changing. They’ve got to get their communications techniques working. Although, I’m not sure this is the fault of the communications shop.

I get the sense decisions are made peremptorily and the PR staff struggles to catch up. That said, the people responsible for broadcasting the message need to assert themselves and make sure they are getting the proper heads up so they can strategize and get the full story well in advance on any announcements.

The press secretary and the communications director actually are supposed to act like reporters within a White House. They need to interview the players, including the president, so they can get their story right.

From the Washington Examiner:

President Trump said Thursday that he had decided to remove FBI Director James Comey long before his deputy attorney general recommended he do so, and said Comey had informed him that he was not under investigation during a previously unreported private dinner.

“What I did is, I was going to fire Comey. My decision,” Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt just two days after dismissing the FBI director. Previously, his White House had suggested that it was the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that prompted Comey’s termination.

“Oh, I was going to fire regardless of recommendation,” Trump said.

“He’s a showboat, he’s a grandstander,” Trump said of Comey.

12 Responses to Trump: I Was Going to Fire Comey No Matter What DOJ Said

  1. Seemed to be fine when Slick Willy Clinton fired the FBI director. But it’s a “constitutional crisis” when Trump does. Never mind that the lefties wanted Comey crucified when he made his statements that helped sink Hilly.

  2. Former administrations would have meetings, consensus polls, throw out feelers to the fav MSM to get opinions before anything was done or said.
    This is Trump. This is a CEO used to making tough calls, tough decisions, and it’s the kind of President we hoped for.

    There is another poll claiming that his favorable numbers are in the tank, and we would call that bogus or slanted. None of the pollsters seem to remember when Obama’s numbers weren’t so hot either, but it’s TRUMP! so everything is bad, no matter what it is.

  3. I agree they need to get their message straight. But let’s face there is a new challenge almost per hour from the Dems. the Left, the Liberals and the laughingstock that calls itself the media. And first one has to ascertain if any of those challenges are fact based.

    My sympathy card on this leans with the Administration.

    That said, it’s done, over. Comey is gone. Just move on.

  4. Fox News reporting congressional Republicans are “scared of the optics” regarding Comey being fired on such short notice – worried about public opinion, next year’s midterms, etc.

    This is ridiculous. If the stupid Republicans are too afraid to govern, then I hope they all get voted out next year.

  5. Bottom line — The head of the FBI serves at the pleasure of the president and may be removed for just cause, ex: going over the head of his/ her superior (insubordination).
    Period – paragraph – page