President Donald Trump told NBC News on Sunday that he didn’t refer to former FBI Director James Comey as a “nut job” and that he did not call the former FBI chief a “showboat” during an Oval Office meeting.
“I never said that, that’s not what I said,” Trump said in an interview that was recorded by his senior adviser and chief strategist Steve Bannon.
“You know, it was the way he handled himself that I was upset about.
And I wasn’t happy about it, either.
But I don’t think he was a nut job.
I think he handled it the way I would handle it.
He was very professional, he was very courteous, he did a very good job.
He is one of the great, great people.”
Trump has repeatedly denied the allegations, which he has said have been widely debunked.
“If he thinks that I said that he’s wrong,” Trump told the Associated Press on Saturday.
“I didn`t say that.
I never said it.”
Trump’s comments came just two days after he said in a television interview that Comey was a “good man,” saying that “when I get to know him, I am going to be very impressed” by the former director.
The president has been feuding with Comey since the FBI director told the Senate Intelligence Committee in March that Trump asked him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, whose communications with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. were examined by the FBI in connection with Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Flynn resigned after Trump fired him, a move that prompted a congressional investigation.
Trump has denied the claims, which have been repeatedly debunked by the public.
Trump’s feud with Comey, however, has come to a head in recent weeks as the president’s allies in the intelligence community have been calling for him to recuse himself from an investigation of Russia’s efforts to influence the election.