President Donald Trump on Friday expressed further dissatisfaction with FBI Director Christopher Wray over testimony he gave to Congress on foreign and domestic threats and did not rule out the possibility of replacing him.
“We are looking at a lot of different things,” Trump said in response to a reporter’s question about whether he was considering replacing Wray, who the president nominated to lead the FBI in 2017. “I did not like his answers yesterday. I’m not sure he liked them either. I’m sure that he probably would agree with me.”
Trump took issue with Wray’s characterization of “antifa,” which the president says is a terrorist organization. The FBI director told the House Homeland Security Committee that while “antifa is a real thing” it is “more of an ideology or a movement than an organization.”
Trump rejected that characterization Friday during a press gaggle on the White House lawn before embarking on a campaign trip to Minnesota.
“The fact is antifa is a bad group,” he said. “They’re bad, and when a man doesn’t say that, that bothers me. I wonder why he’s not saying that.”
The president on Thursday night also swiped at Wray for testifying about Russia’s “very active efforts” to meddle in the upcoming election, primarily to undercut Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. In a tweet, Trump said that countries like China pose a bigger election interference threat and told him to “Check it out!”
Trump reiterated that theme in his comments Friday, saying that “China is at the top of the list.”
“We can have others also, and I’m not excluding anybody, but the big problem is China, and why he doesn’t want to say that, that certainly bothers me,” Trump said.
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