Comey: I’m not making fun of the president

Comey: I’m not making fun of the president
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James ComeyJames Brien ComeyWe've lost sight of the real scandal Former Obama officials willing to testify on McCabe's behalf: report House Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe MORE says in a new interview that he is not attempting to "make fun" of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE with comments about the president in his book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, And Leadership."

The former FBI chief told NPR that his remarks about the size of Trump's hands were meant to paint a picture for the reader, not as a slight.


"I'm not making fun of the president. I'm trying to be an author, which I've never been before in my life," Comey says. "While I'm typing, I can hear my editor's voice ringing in my head, 'bring the reader with you. Show them inside your head. Bring them with you.' "

" 'Describe the president's hands?' " NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep responded. "Can you hear the editor saying that?"

"No, but that was on my mind," Comey says. "And by the way, not that this matters, but I found his hands to be above average in size, and so I'm not making fun of the man, I'm trying to tell the reader what's in my head."

Comey's remarks come after readers noted an excerpt from his book in which the former FBI director describes meeting Trump in person for the first time. Comey describes how he “made a mental note to check [his hand] size.”

The size of Trump's hands has been a running joke among critics after former GOP candidate Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioCalifornia poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation GOP group's ad calls on Graham to push for election security: 'Are you still trying?' MORE (R-Fla.) mocked Trump over the size of his hands during a campaign rally during the 2016 GOP primary.

Comey goes on in the interview to explain how his physical descriptions of presidents help bring his audience into the West Wing in his new book.

"When I talk about President Obama, I talk about how skinny he struck me, as — I'm not trying to make fun of President Obama," Comey goes on. "I'm trying to show the reader this is how I was experiencing the world, and bring them into those rooms with me."

Comey's book is expected to be an immediate bestseller and has already topped the Amazon bestseller list ahead of its release this week.