Trump scraps visit to FBI headquarters: report


President Trump has abandoned plans to visit FBI headquarters in the days after he fired bureau Director James Comey, according to a report on Thursday.

Trump was told FBI agents might not give him a warm reception following Comey’s ouster, NBC News said Thursday.


FBI agents told NBC that many of them voted for Trump during the 2016 presidential election. But NBC’s sources added that few were ready to celebrate Trump’s visit after he sacked their boss.

“My sense is most FBI employees feel a loyalty to Comey,” one person who works at the bureau said, and right now “Trump would not be well-received at headquarters.”

Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said earlier on Thursday that Trump would likely visit the FBI headquarters soon.

“I believe it’s very likely that that takes place sometime in the next few days,” she said on “CBS This Morning.”

She also doubled down on the claim that the majority of FBI workers agreed with Trump’s decision to fire Comey and that the “rank and file” had lost faith in the director. 

“I’ve heard from countless members of the FBI that are grateful and thankful for the president’s decision,” Sanders said at the White House briefing on Thursday.
The White House on Tuesday announced that Trump had fired Comey on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.
White House aides and Vice President Pence have repeatedly said since then that Trump acted on the Justice Department’s counsel.
Trump said in an interview aired Thursday, however, that he had already made up his mind to terminate Comey.
“Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey,” he told NBC’s Lester Holt.
Trump’s decision stunned the political world, with many questioning the timing of the dismissal.
Comey announced in March that the FBI was investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential race, including possible ties between Moscow and Trump’s campaign.
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