President Donald Trump took a shot at Democrats Wednesday morning in a tweet about the broadly negative reactions to his firing FBI Director James Comey.
“The Democrats have said some of the worst things about James Comey, including the fact that he should be fired, but now they play so sad!,” Trump tweeted.
Trump also tweeted that the FBI director had been criticised by Republicans before his firing.
“Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike. When things calm down, they will be thanking me!,” Trump tweeted.
The president also tweeted that Comey “will be replaced by someone who will do a far better job, bringing back the spirit and prestige of the FBI.”
Trump fired Comey Tuesday, citing the director’s handling of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. The president wrote that both the attorney general and deputy attorney general had found that Comey was “not able to effectively lead the bureau.”
Shortly after announcing that Trump fired Comey, the White House distributed a list of articles listing instances in which top Democrats criticised Comey.
The White House linked reporters to statements from Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer saying that he had “lost confidence” in Comey over his decision to alert Congress during the final weeks of the 2016 election to reopening an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information.
Trump used a tweet Tuesday night to attack Schumer, who said earlier that day he told the president he was “making a big mistake” by firing Comey.
“Cryin’ Chuck Schumer stated recently, ‘I do not have confidence in him (James Comey) any longer.’ Then acts so indignant. #draintheswamp,” Trump tweeted.
The White House also sent two articles from The Hill noting displeasure with Comey from top House Democrats, including a write-up of Rep. Adam Schiff’s comments on CNN saying Comey “has a very week argument” for why he alerted Congress to an investigation into Clinton’s email server, while not doing the same for an investigation into the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia.
Multiple reports have claimed that the Trump administration was surprised by the public outrage over Comey’s firing, which has come from both political parties.
“White House officials believed it would be a ‘win-win’ because Republicans and Democrats alike have problems with the FBI director, one person briefed on their deliberations said.” according to Politico.
CNN’s Dana Bash also reported Tuesday that “senior officials did not think firing James Comey would be a big political explosion.”
Max Tani and Bryan Logan contributed reporting to this article.
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