President Donald Trump told reporters Thursday he’s “a patriot” but will never apologize for firing FBI Director James Comey, telling reporters he would not “tolerate” him “being fired.”
“I was fired by a man I had great respect for, by a great man, by the man who I thought had done a great job.
And I’ll never tolerate it, and I won’t tolerate it,” Trump said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.
The president also denied that he had told Comey to stop investigating his former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
“I didn’t say he was fired.
I said, ‘If you don’t stop, we’re going to get you,'” Trump said.
“If he was, he wouldn’t be here today.
I don’t think that’s necessary.”
Trump also said that he “didn’t say” Flynn had lied to the FBI, but he was “very clear” in his statements.
“He said I told him to lie to the American people.
And that’s not true,” Trump added.”
And that’s what I was going to tell him, and that’s why I did it,” he added.