President Donald Trump lashed out in a series of tweets on Friday amid a firestorm over the abrupt firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey, defending the shifting narrative and timeline his administration has offered for the decision.
He questioned whether his administration should cancel all future press briefings and, instead, replace them with written responses to questions, “for the sake of accuracy.”
The president’s advisers said this week that Trump fired Comey on Tuesday in response to a recommendation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Later, however, they said that Trump had planned to fire Comey regardless.
The president tweeted, “As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!”
He added, “Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future ‘press briefings’ and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???”
The decision to fire Comey amid an ongoing FBI investigation into ties between the Russian government and members of Trump’s 2016 campaign has raised concerns that Trump was trying to undermine a probe that could threaten his presidency.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted the information she and her colleagues offered was consistent. “It was a quick-moving process,” she said. “We took the information we had as best we have it and got it out to the American people as quickly as we could.”
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Tuesday that Rosenstein drafted the memo raising concerns about Comey on his own accord. The next day, Sanders said the president asked Rosenstein to put his concerns in writing.