White House: Trump did not demand Comey's loyalty

White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerOvernight Health Care: CDC director calls on Michigan to 'close things down' amid surge in cases | Regeneron says antibody therapy prevents COVID-19 infections The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Biden moves vaccine eligibility by almost two weeks Easter Bunny pays surprise visit to White House briefing room MORE on Friday denied that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: LeBron James's 'racist rants' are divisive, nasty North Carolina man accused of fraudulently obtaining .5M in PPP loans Biden announces picks to lead oceans, lands agencies MORE asked former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyShowtime developing limited series about Jan. 6 Capitol riot Wray says FBI not systemically racist John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges MORE to pledge his loyalty to him.
“No,” Spicer said during the daily press briefing when asked whether Trump made such a demand. “The president wants loyalty to this country and to the rule of law."
Spicer would not reveal further details about Trump’s conversation with Comey over dinner on Jan. 27, a week after he took office.
The New York Times reported Thursday that the president asked for Comey’s loyalty multiple times during the dinner.
Comey reportedly refused to assent to Trump’s request, which reportedly irked the president. The then-FBI chief only pledged "honesty," the Times reported.
Many believed the loyalty pledge to be inappropriate, given that the FBI director is supposed to be independent from the White House.
Trump offered a different account of the dinner during an interview this week with NBC News. He said Comey requested the dinner and that the loyalty pledge did not come up. However, CNN reported Friday that Comey was not the one who asked for the dinner meeting.
Trump said he asked Comey during a meal whether he was under investigation as part of the FBI’s probe into his campaign’s alleged ties to Russia. Comey told him he was not, according to Trump. Associates of Comey have denied that account to multiple media outlets.