Kelly called Comey to express anger over how Trump handled his firing: report

New White House chief of staff John Kelly reportedly called former FBI Director James Comey in May to express his anger over how President Trump handled his firing, according to CNN.

Two sources familiar with the conversation said that Kelly told Comey he was even considering resigning over how Trump treated the former FBI director.


"John was angry and hurt by what he saw and the way [Comey] was treated," one of the sources told CNN.

Comey reportedly talked with Kelly over the phone while traveling back from Los Angeles, where he learned of his firing from television news reports while speaking to employees at an FBI field office.

The two sources told CNN that Comey and Kelly had a professional relationship and deeply respected each other, but were not close friends.

Trump dismissed former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus on Friday and replaced him with Kelly.

“Reince is a good man. John Kelly will do a fantastic job. Gen. Kelly has been a star, done an incredible job thus far, respected by everybody. He's a great, great American,” Trump said. 

The president fired Comey in May after he received a recommendation from Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits McCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Overnight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability MORE and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.