President Donald Trump had several reasons for his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, and he also expects loyalty from people in his administration, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Thursday.
"The president expects people who are serving in his administration to be loyal to the country and to be loyal to the administration," Conway told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program, and in addition, she believes "certainly Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who oversees the FBI director, his memo clearly laid out many of the morale [issues]."
Her comments came as CNN reports that questions about loyalty and the Russian investigation led to Trump's decision to fire Comey.
CNN's Jake Tapper, citing a source close to Comey, reported Trump had concerns about the longtime director, including the fact that he had not assured the president he would stay loyal to him. Further, the bureau was pushing ahead with its investigation into whether Trump's presidential campaign colluded with Russia, Tapper reported.
Conway, meanwhile, would not confirm reports Thursday that President Donald Trump plans to visit FBI headquarters, even though deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders commented that she expects a visit will occur in the next few days.
"The president's schedule is not to be released, but he knows the latest moves will help to restore the confidence in the FBI," Conway said, while commenting on the decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.
However, on "CBS This Morning," Sanders commented that a she believes "it's very likely that takes place sometime in the next few days," after she was asked if Trump would visit the FBI headquarters and talk to agents about Comey's dismissal.
The nation needs an FBI and an FBI director that is "non-politicized," and who has the "trust of those at the bureau," Conway also said Thursday.
Democrats who are complaining about Comey's firing are showing their hypocrisy, she continued, and people should look at Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's previous statements about Comey, when he called the former director's credibility into question.
"I think this entire episode has shown leadership by the president and shown hypocrisy and also the lack of a message the Democrats still have," said Conway. "They have no message other than to resist, obstruct, deny, and I think in this case, insult and insinuate.
"Between them and their friends in the media it's been quite a speculation."
Conway on Thursday also accused CNN's Anderson Cooper of showing sexist behavior over his eye roll during an interview Tuesday night over Comey's firing.
"He had me sit through a bunch of tapes showing then-candidate Trump expending Comey about Hillary Clinton's emails and talking about him," said Conway.
"The fact is, they showed all these clips and it showed candidate Trump in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I said, 'thanks for the trip down memory lane' and talked about winning Michigan and then he rolled his eyes.
"And let me tell you something, Hillary Clinton is in search of sexism as a lame excuse as toy-to-why her disastrous campaign lost six months ago. I say sexism a lot of times when I show up for interviews like that," Conway added.
She also accused Cooper's actions as being a double standard.
"Can you imagine rolling your eyes having a male anchor on a network roll his eyes at Hillary Clinton, a female representative spokeswoman for President [Barack] Obama or President Bill Clinton?" said Conway. "I think not. So, and, of course, it went viral."
Meanwhile, she said she was happy to come out and give Trump's point of view over Comey's firing, even while people are using words to describe Trump's actions that are "incomprehensible."
"We didn't lose the messaging war," she said. "The president is, he has full authority and control over his decisions here and he made the right one. In fact, no, I wasn't caught flat-footed at all."
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