Trump Told Russians Firing 'Nut Job' Comey Relieved 'Great Pressure'

President Donald Trump has been exposed by The New York Times for calling former FBI Director James Comey a “nut job” while meeting with Russian officials after he fired him.

President Donald Trump apparently called ex-FBI Director James Comey a “nut job” while bragging to Russian officials about firing him.

According to CNN, Comey’s termination alleviated the “great pressure” on Trump.

“I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job," Trump said, according to The New York Times. "I faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off."

This conversation apparently occurred during his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, just one day after Trump gave Comey the boot.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer didn’t deny the details that The New York Times report revealed, but he maintains that Comey’s “grandstanding and politicizing” of the Russia investigation is what put the supposed “pressure” on the administration’s ability to correspond with Moscow.

"The President has always emphasized the importance of making deals with Russia as it relates to Syria, Ukraine, defeating ISIS and other key issues for the benefit and safety of the American people," Spicer reportedly said in a statement to CNN. "By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia."

"The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it. Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations," Spicer added.

During a press conference on Thursday, Trump stuck to his claims that he was shocked by the unfavorable response to Comey’s termination.

"Director Comey was very unpopular with most people," Trump said. "When I made that decision, I actually thought that it would be a bipartisan decision. Because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such terrible things about Director Comey."

Twitter wasted no time pointing out the irony in Trump’s insulting remarks about Comey.

Aside from the fact that Trump calling Comey a “nut job” was totally inappropriate and unpresidential, it is a prime example of the age-old saying, “the pot calling the kettle black.” Trump has no business calling anyone a nut job unless he’s looking in the mirror. 

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