The article claims that Trump told the Russian officials in the Oval Office that firing Comey “relieved great pressure” that was placed on him, a document about the meeting said.
“I just fired the head of the FBI. He was a crazy, a real nut job,” Trump said, according to the document that summarized the meeting. “I’m not under investigation.”
The document was created based off of notes that were taken inside of the Oval Office and it’s been circulating as the “official account” of the meeting.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer didn’t deny the allegations.
“By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia’s actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia,” Spicer said in a statement. “The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it. Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations.”
The conversation took place in the White House on May 10, just one day after firing Comey. Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.
The Washington Post had reported that Trump told the two officials classified information disclosed by Israel on the Islamic State.
Trump fired Comey on May 9 for “not being able to effectively lead the bureau,” he said in a hand-delivered termination letter.
The Times alleged that Trump calling Comey a nut job “reinforces the notion” that Trump fired Comey because of the agency’s investigation into collusion between his campaign and the Russians.
Trump using the phrase “nut job” to describe Comey led to much reaction on social media and the phrase being a top trend on Twitter on Friday. Many users tried their hand at creating memes and making light of the situation.
Merriam-Webster tweeted that the phrase was the website’s No. 2 search query.
Here are some of the best tweets and memes after the news report surfaced:
One User Felt It’s Appropriate to Make a New Movie for the Summer
Comparisons to All The President’s Men Were Made
Another User Questioned Trump’s Decision
A Twitter User Suggested Comey React With a ‘Nut Job’ of His Own