President Donald Trump told a news conference Thursday that former FBI Director James Comey “should not have been fired” because of his handling of the Clinton email investigation.
“He should not have gotten the job,” Trump said.
“It was a really sad day, and I’m sure it will be for a long time.
It was really a tragedy.”
Trump added that he is “very upset” by Comey’s firing.
Comey’s departure from the FBI came after months of criticism for the bureau’s handling of an investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian government.
The White House said in February that Comey had told his supervisors he was going to retire at the end of his term.
Trump told reporters that he believes the FBI director’s departure was the result of a political interference by Democrats.
Trump’s announcement came as the FBI continues to investigate the former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia.
The FBI is also investigating the Trump administration’s dealings with Russia after the FBI Director reportedly warned the president not to cooperate with the bureau on a probe into Trump’s former national-security adviser.
The president said he has “full confidence” in Comey, whom he has previously praised.