Trump says firing 'rotten apple' Comey was 'a great service' to the US

  • President Donald Trump responded to a tweet by former FBI Director James Comey's saying Trump's attacks on the FBI will do "lasting damage" to the US.
  • Trump called him a "rotten apple" and celebrating firing him last year.
  • Comey tweeted on Wednesday to defend the FBI after Trump accused the bureau of spying on his campaign.
  • Trump has accused Comey of having a bias against his campaign and taking steps to protect the Clintons in the past. 


President Donald Trump responded to former FBI Director James Comey's tweet saying Trump's attacks on the FBI will do "lasting damage" to the US by calling him a "rotten apple" and celebrating the fact that he got fired.

Comey's tweet, in response to accusations from Trump that the FBI under Comey spied on his campaign, said: "Attacks on the FBI and lying about its work will do lasting damage to our country. How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?".

Asked to respond to the tweet on FOX News Channel’s "FOX & Friends", Trump said: "How is he going to explain to his grandchildren all of the lies, the deceit, all of the problems he has caused for this country?"

Trump has accused Comey of having a bias against his campaign and taking steps to protect the Clintons in the past. 

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Hillary Clinton

Trump's nickname: "Crooked Hillary"

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Trump's nickname: "Mr. Magoo"

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Steve Bannon

Trump's nickname: "Sloppy Steve"

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Elizabeth Warren

Trump's nickname: "Pocahontas"

Former FBI director James Comey 

Trump's nickname: "Slippery James Comey"

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Kim Jong Un

Trump's nickname: "Rocket Man"

Chuck Todd 

Trump's nickname: "Sleepy eyes / sleeping son of a b---h"

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Marco Rubio

Trump's nickname: "Little Marco"

Dianne Feinstein

Trump's nickname: "Sneaky Dianne Feinstein"

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Ohio Governor John Kasich

Trump's nickname: "1 for 38 Kasich"

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Bob Corker

Trump's nickname: "Liddle' Bob Corker"

NBC correspondent Katy Tur

Trump's nickname: "Little Katy"

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Chuck Schumer

Trump's nickname: "Cryin' Chuck / Fake Tears Chuck"

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)

Trump's nickname: "Jeff Flake(y)"

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Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL)

Trump's nickname: 'Wacky Congresswoman Wilson"

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)

Trump's nickname: "Little Adam Schiff"

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Journalist Megyn Kelly

Trump's nickname: "Crazy Megyn"

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The New York Times

Trump's nickname: "Failing New York Times"

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Trump's nickname: "Lyin' Ted"

(REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski

Trump's nicknames: "Crazy Joe Scarborough/Psycho Joe" and "Dumb as a Rock Mika"

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Jeb Bush

Trump's nickname: "Low energy Jeb Bush"

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

Trump's nickname: "Crazy Bernie"

(REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

Jim Acosta

Trump's nickname: "Crazy Jim Acosta of Fake News CNN"

(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

CNN 

Trump's nickname: "Clinton News Network"

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Former Sen. Al Franken

Trump's nickname: "Al Frankenstien"

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Democratic congressional candidate for Pennsylvania's 18th district Conor Lamb

Trump's nickname: "Lamb the sham'

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'Good Morning America' anchor George Stephanopoulos

Trump's nickname: "Little George"

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Face The Nation

Trump's nickname: "Deface the Nation"

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Former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond

Trump's nickname: "Mad Alex"

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Former Vice President Joe Biden

Trump's nickname: "Crazy Joe Biden"

(REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)

Former U.S. President Barack Obama

Trump's nickname: Cheatin’ Obama

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Trump's nickname: "Little Michael"

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He said: "I think of the things that I’ve done for the country, the firing of James Comey is going to go down as a very good thing."

"The FBI is a fantastic institution, but some of the people at the top were rotten apples. James Comey was one of them. I’ve done a great service for this country by getting rid of him, by firing him."

Trump's firing of Comey has spawned an investigation into whether he obstructed justice by removing the head of the FBI as it investigated his campaign. 

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