President Trump piled on more cryptic criticism of the FBI as the bureau continues its investigation into the administration under Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Just before getting into a helicopter on his way to visit Quantico, Trump told reporters “It’s a shame what’s happened with the FBI…Everybody, not me, everybody, the level of anger at what they’ve been witnessing with respect to the FBI is certainly very sad.”
Ahead of trip to Quantico, Pres. Trump says "It's a shame what's happened with the FBI…Everybody, not me, everybody, the level of anger at what they've been witnessing with respect to the FBI is certainly very sad." https://t.co/NkJuIoh4fP pic.twitter.com/OYLzM29XQ6
— ABC News (@ABC) December 15, 2017
He added, “It’s a shame what happened with the FBI, but we are going to rebuild the FBI and it will be bigger and better than ever.”
Trump abruptly switched gears, to bring up his pal, President Vladimir Putin. He had plenty of good things to say about the Russian President after a telephone call between the two men. Apparently, Putin heaped praise on Trump for the health of the economy since taking office – which is one of Trump’s favorite subjects to tweet about.
Trump glossed over the “negative things in terms of elsewhere” that Putin allegedly brought up in the call, shifting the focus to North Korea. Trump claimed the call was primarily focused on working with Russia to stem the nuclear threat coming from North Korea.
This isn’t the first time he’s gone after the FBI even in the last few weeks. He attacked the agency earlier this month in a tweet storm.
After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters – worst in History! But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017
That prompted responses on Twitter from some of the Bureau’s supporters, including former FBI director James Comey, quoting himself defending his agency’s reputation from Trump in a previous attack.
“I want the American people to know this truth: The FBI is honest. The FBI is strong. And the FBI is, and always will be, independent.”
Me (June 8, 2017) pic.twitter.com/OZ1ZiBrMNL
— James Comey (@Comey) December 3, 2017
The President’s efforts to discredit the FBI are becoming more and more glaringly transparent. No one’s buying his flimsy rumor mongering, wherein he cites “a lot of people” who are upset with the FBI right now. The hasty addition of “not me,” in that statement doesn’t look suspicious at all.
All it looks like is a desperate and weak attempt to discredit the agency investigating the people closest to the President. And that desperation also looks like something else. Is someone scared, Mr. President?