President Donald Trump had not expected such a strong reaction over his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, he told Fox News' Jeanine Pirro in an interview that aired Saturday.
Pirro asked about this because Trump could keep taking blowback over James Comey's firing if the president didn't resolve the questions about Russian Federation more quickly.
"But because I terminated him they said, 'We'll get political points and go against Trump'".
Pressed by Pirro about launching an independent commission to investigate the issue, Trump suggested the current investigations taking place in Congress will suffice.
Trump added that he thought the Democrats were "hypocrites" for their outrage at Comey's dismissal, saying they themselves were upset with Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.
In the Q&A that aired tonight, Trump clearly was miffed his reps took heat at the week's briefings for initially saying Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
"I think the Senate will come up with some really, really great additions and changes", Trump continued. "I was thinking about it then", Trump said.
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Trump also denied that he demanded Comey's loyalty to him during a January dinner, something that has been reported by The New York Times and The Associated Press. Spicer said, "I've talked to the president, and he doesn't have anything to add to that". "They're asked 100 questions, or 50 questions, or 20 questions - if they get one out of 50, just a little bit off, 5 percent, 10 percent, 20 percent, it's - the next day, it's a front page story in every newspaper". "They get free ratings because of me, and yet they don't treat us well".
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer listens to National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster during the daily news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on May 12, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
Trump didn't help tamp down speculation that Spicer could be sent packing when he refused to say that he would be staying in the job. I don't know what these networks would do, they're going to start to cry.
"It's amusing, when you listen to Schumer and other people talking about Comey, then go back a few months and get their statements from a few months ago, they could not stand him".
"You have a level of hostility that's incredible, and it's very unfair", he added, referring to the media.
At Friday afternoon's White House press briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer did not rule out the possibility of their cancellation.