Step away, Mr. President.
Former FBI Director James Comey was "disgusted" by a hug the President Trump tried to coax out of him, a friend of the ousted official told PBS "NewsHour."
Benjamin Wittes, a Brookings Institution fellow, said that in the infamous meeting earlier this year in which Trump attempted to hug Comey — calling the FBI official “more famous than me” — the latter believed he’d been purposely compromised in public.
Comey had already become a controversial election-time figure when he renewed the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal shortly before Trump’s Electoral College victory in November.
Comey’s attempt in the White House meeting to remain positioned as far away from the President as possible was poised to keep the agent neutral and reduce any sensitivity many voters and/or Democrats felt about Trump’s victory, Wittes said.
The meeting was set to honor law enforcement officials who worked Trump’s inauguration, but Wittes said that Comey “really did not want to go.”> 42 photos view gallery Donald Trump in the White House
His attempt to distance himself from the President failed when Trump called him over — across the room. The former FBI director had been trying to “blend in” near the curtains, which matched the similar blue color of his blazer.
Wittes, however, said at 6-foot-8-inches, it’s difficult to remain hidden for long. Nevertheless, Wittes said Comey had tried to act like a “chameleon” and use “camouflage.”
Then, after being summoned, Comey preemptively reached for a handshake. Trump, however, appeared to pull Comey toward him for a completely one-sided hug.
“Right in the end, Trump singles (Comey) out in a fashion that (Comey) regarded as sort of calculated,” Wittes said. “Trump grabs the hand and kind of pulls (Comey) into the hug... Comey was just completely disgusted by the episode.”
“He thought it was an intentional attempt to compromise him in public,” Wittes continued.
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