One of the children at a White House press conference on Thursday during Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders why President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE fired former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump defends indicted GOP congressman Andrew McCabe's settlement with the Department of Justice is a signal to John Durham Giuliani told investigators it was OK to 'throw a fake' during campaign MORE.
Comey “did some things that weren't really very nice, so that's why the president let him go,” Sanders said, according to multiple media accounts.
Sanders was hosting a press conference for the children of White House reporters, with the help of her own kids.
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However, Trump later noted the FBI investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia in his reasoning for firing Comey.
“Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey,” Trump said during a NBC interview last year.
“And, in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story,’” he added.
The president backtracked on that statement in a tweet last week.
Slippery James Comey, the worst FBI Director in history, was not fired because of the phony Russia investigation where, by the way, there was NO COLLUSION (except by the Dems)!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018
Trump also reportedly told two Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting last year that firing Comey eased “great pressure.”
The former FBI director has been largely critical of Trump, both in his new book and during his book tour. He called the president "morally unfit" to lead and said it's possible that Russia has evidence against Trump.