After comments that the administration intends to move "very quickly" on the process, a reporter in the White House press pool asked the president if that could mean finding a permanent replacement to spearhead the agency by the end of the week. Comey was in charge of the agency's investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation in that country's attempts to interfere with the US presidential election a year ago.
"I think the White House is playing wordgames here to that effect to try to blunt the impact of this story", Mr Miller said.
The president's original dismissal letter to Comey indicated that he was being fired for his handling of the Clinton email probe.
Media captionWhat do Trump supporters think about Comey's firing? John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate leader and a former state attorney general.
The nominee will require only a simple majority vote in the 100-member Senate.
Spicer said he didn't the tweet was "a threat". "All previously scheduled", White House communications director Mike Dubke told CNN. "That was a DOJ decision".
He told MSNBC on Friday that he had spoken to Mr Comey before the White House meal.
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Schilling said the latest test means North might be just a year away from developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). But according to US officials, missile launches like this one are a deal-breaker for any hypothetical dialogue.
Trump "is emulating some of the worst aspects of Richard Nixon and for those of us watching from the outside, we have to ask why", said Naftali. "But I know that he's been contemplating it for a while", Sanders replied. "All this starts at the top, and it's up to him to set it straight", he said of Trump. "Very simple. He wasn't doing a good job". But Kelly also came under fire for his use of aggressive police tactics, including a program that spied on Muslims and a dramatic spike in the use of stop-and-frisk, which disproportionately affected non-white New Yorkers. They called the president's tweet a clear attempt at intimidation.
"However, because of the many false statements made by White House officials this week, we are compelled to ask whether any such recordings do in fact exist". When Trump then pressed for "honest loyalty", Comey told him, "You will have that", recounted the Comey associate. Also on the show this week: how CBC News investigated Canadian links to Russian Federation money-laundering and a follow-up on a CBC Marketplace investigation into labelling of homeopathic remedies. "All I want is for Comey to be honest". Trump said Comey wanted to have the dinner because he wanted to stay on in the job.
GRAHAM: I think it was inappropriate. Republicans hold 52 seats in the chamber to Democrats' 48. "He made a recommendation, but regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey". (Saturday Night Live likely will spoof Spicer in its cold open, around 11:45 p.m. ET this weekend.) Actress Melissa McCarthy is expected to portray him once again after popular past impressions.
"In fact, when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won, '" Trump told Holt during the interview.
"If Trump installed a taping system. those are federal records thanks to Nixon's court challenges", said Timothy Naftali, a presidential historian and Nixon expert.