Fox News host to RNC spokeswoman: ‘Is it befitting’ for Trump to attack Comey?

Fox News host Leland Vittert pressed Republican National Committee (RNC) spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany on President TrumpDonald John TrumpDACA recipient claims Trump is holding ‘immigrant youth hostage’ amid quest for wall Lady Gaga blasts Pence as ‘worst representation of what it means to be Christian’ We have a long history of disrespecting Native Americans and denying their humanity MORE’s tweets attacking former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyDems revive impeachment talk after latest Cohen bombshell Dem calls for Cohen to testify before Senate panel over explosive report The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Day 27 of the shutdown | Cohen reportedly paid company to rig online polls, boost his own image | Atlantic publishes ‘Impeach Donald Trump’ cover story MORE as a “slimeball.”

McEnany said Comey has “gone off the rails” since being fired by Trump last year and that his behavior was not “befitting of the office.”

“If the standard is behavior befitting the office, and you're saying it's not befitting an FBI director to act in the way he's acted, is it befitting for a president to tweet and call somebody a scumbag?” Vittert asked of Trump’s recent tweet calling Comey a “slimeball.”

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McEnany said Trump was just “counterpunching” to the accusations coming out of Comey’s new book to be released next week.

It is the RNC’s job to provide “cover and defense” to Trump while he faces attacks from “a rogue, disgruntled employee,” McEnany said.

The RNC launched an aggressive advertising campaign to counteract Comey’s media blitz ahead of the release of “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.”

On Thursday, the RNC released a mock cover of the memoir attacking Comey’s “ego.”

The RNC also released a new official “Lyin’ Comey” website to attack the former law enforcement official.