President Donald Trump on Wednesday met with former secretary of state Henry Kissinger in the Oval Office.
This came the morning after Trump fired the director of the FBI, James Comey. While sitting with Kissinger, Trump told reporters that Comey “wasn’t doing a good job. Very simply. He was not doing a good job.”
When Donald Trump fired Comey on Tuesday night, this drew comparisons to President Richard Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre, a night in which the president ordered the attorney general to fire the special prosecutor investigating Watergate, leading to the resignation of the attorney general and the deputy attorney general.
It was certainly interesting timing, then, to see Trump meeting with Richard Nixon’s secretary of state less than 24 hours after these Nixon comparisons were made. Kissinger also served under Gerald Ford.
Trump previously met with Henry Kissinger in November 2016 after becoming the president elect. According to ABC News, the two discussed “China, Russia, Iran, the EU and other events and issues around the world.”
They also met in May 2016, during the height of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. According to The Hill, that meeting took place at Kissinger’s home.
Henry Kissinger has previously said that he thinks Donald Trump could be a “very considerable president.”
“Donald Trump is a phenomenon that foreign countries haven’t seen,” Kissinger said in December 2016, according to Politico. “So, it is a shocking experience to them that he came into office. At the same time, extraordinary opportunity. And I believe he has the possibility of going down in history as a very considerable president.”
However, during the Trump campaign, Kissinger did criticize Donald Trump’s call for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.
“I do not favor an exclusion on the basis of religion,” Kissinger told Fox Business.
Like President Donald Trump himself, Henry Kissinger has expressed some doubts that Russia actually tried to influence the result of the 2016 election.
“I can’t quite understand what their purpose would be…to antagonize the president to be by getting into open support of the opponent doesn’t make any sense to me. They are undoubtedly hacking – the use they allegedly made of this hacking eludes me,” he told Face the Nation. “Everybody has hacking capability, and probably every intelligence service is hacking in the territory of other countries.”
Kissinger has also said that he agrees with Trump’s “general attitude” towards Russia.
“I hope that an effort will be made for a serious dialogue which tries to avoid the drift towards confrontation and in which Europe, America and Russia come to some agreement about the limits within which military pressure is carried out,” Kissinger said, according to Fortune.
The president on Wednesday morning also met with Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov.