White House: Trump did not demand Comey's loyalty

White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerKellyanne Conway to leave White House at end of month Pro-Trump duo Diamond and Silk launch new program on Newsmax TV The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Supreme Court's unanimous decision on the Electoral College MORE on Friday denied that President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE asked former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump jabs at FBI director over testimony on Russia, antifa Graham: Comey to testify about FBI's Russia probe, Mueller declined invitation Barr criticizes DOJ in speech declaring all agency power 'is invested in the attorney general' 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.