Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyNadler's House committee holds a faux hearing in search of a false crime We've lost sight of the real scandal Former Obama officials willing to testify on McCabe's behalf: report MORE said Wednesday he regrets including descriptions of President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE’s physical appearance in his new book because it has become a distraction from his larger message.

“If I had it to do over again I wouldn’t put that paragraph in, just because it gave people a hand-hold who hadn’t read the book to attack the book,” Comey said during an appearance on “The View.”

In his book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership," Comey describes in detail Trump’s appearance when recounting their first in-person meeting.


Trump’s face “appeared slightly orange,” Comey wrote, “with bright white half-moons under his eyes where I assumed he placed small tanning goggles.” He also observed that Trump’s hair “looked to be all his” and that his hands were “smaller than mine, but did not seem unusually so."

Comey said he tried to describe individuals in great detail throughout the book, so leaving out a description of Trump would have been "inconsistent."

He also asserted that he wasn’t mocking Trump’s physical appearance, pointing out that he wrote Trump’s hands are a normal size. 

“I really wasn’t trying to pick on Donald Trump,” Comey said. “I could hear my editor’s voice saying ‘bring the reader, bring the reader,’ and so that’s what I’m trying to do.

“I do see people have seized on to that as a distraction, so honestly if I had to do it over again I would tear that paragraph out.” 

Comey is in the midst of a national media blitz to promote his new book.

In response, Trump and the White House have been going on the attack against Comey. The president referred to him as a "slime ball" and said he'd go down as the "worst FBI director in history," while White House officials have argued Comey lacks credibility.