U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (left) next to Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak at the White House in Washington on May 10. Russian Foreign Ministry Photo/AP hide caption
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President Trump told Russian officials last week he had fired the “nut job” FBI Director James Comey in order to ease the pressure of the mounting investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia, according to a report from the New York Times.
“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Trump told the Russian foreign minister and U.S. ambassador on May 10 during an Oval Office meeting, according to a transcript of the meeting read to the Times by a U.S. official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not dispute the account of the conversation to the Times, and in a statement to NPR argued that the Russia investigation was harming U.S. foreign policy.
“The President has always emphasized the importance of making deals with Russia as it relates