Comey quotes Statue of Liberty poem in response to Trump ‘s---hole’ remark
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Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyMystery surrounds Justice's pledge on journalist records NYT publisher: DOJ phone records seizure a 'dangerous incursion' on press freedom Trump DOJ seized phone records of New York Times reporters MORE tweeted a part of “New Colossus,” the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, in response to President TrumpDonald TrumpWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Black Secret Service agent told Trump it was offensive to hold rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth: report MORE reportedly referring to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole countries.”

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Comey tweeted Thursday.


“This country’s greatness and true genius lies in its diversity,” he added.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Trump had referred to the nations as “shithole countries” during a meeting with lawmakers at the White House.

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to The Post.

The White House didn’t deny that Trump had made the comments, but Trump pushed back against the report in a pair of tweets Friday morning. 

Trump fired Comey last May, a move that helped trigger events leading to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's probe into Russia's election interference.

Comey testified before Congress in June, saying he believed Trump had asked him to end an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The former FBI director has emerged as a fierce critic of Trump since then.