Trump to Pirro: I'm 'Surprised' At 'Hypocrite' Dems For Blasting Comey Firing
In his far-reaching interview with Judge Jeanine Pirro, President Trump expressed surprise at Democrats for criticizing his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.
Trump said on "Justice" that there was "no right time" to dismiss Comey, remarking that he would have gotten blowback if he fired him after the inauguration, or at any other time during his term.
"Let's say I did it on January 20," Trump said. "That would have been the big story as opposed to the inauguration. I was thinking about it then... There's really no right time to do it."
Trump said he was also surprised that the Democrats seem unified against his decision to fire Comey, taking into account their previous criticisms of the director.
"They hated Jim Comey... They wanted him fired," Trump said. "Then, all of a sudden, they come out with these glowing reports [after I fired him]. Look, it's politics."
He said that Democrats have been "hypocrites" regarding Comey, since his conduct during the Clinton email investigation gave Mrs. Clinton "a free pass" at first.
Trump said he thought Comey's firing would enjoy bipartisan popularity: "This is total obstruction," he added.
Trump said he has found it surprisingly difficult to work with his fellow New Yorker, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, who he also called an obstructionist.
"It's pretty tough to work with him. I'm surprised, because I've known him for a long time," he said. "I really am surprised that he's... gone so far left."
He said Schumer is trying to appease the far-left "Elizabeth Warren group" in the party and is hurting the entire party in the process.
He expressed some hope that he could still work with Schumer but added that he would like to see Republicans win more senate seats in 2018 so that Schumer's obstructions will be rendered moot.
"They want to clog up the wheels," he said of the Democrats. "We can't let that happen."
Trump said that despite Democrats' attempts to slow his progress, he has signed 32 bills into law in his first 100 days.
He promised that his future trade deals will be "unbelievable" and promised help for those suffering under ObamaCare.
Trump also took the opportunity to speak a little about his private life.
He expressed joy at the news that his daughter-in-law Lara Lea Trump was pregnant with her's and son Eric's first child.
He also talked about his late brother Fred Jr., who died in 1981 after battling alcoholism.
Trump said Fred had a "profound impact" on his own life, and said he is looking down from heaven telling his younger brother to keep pressing along.
"Fred would be looking down and he would say keep going. And I would tell you if it were different. If I thought he would be looking down and saying you can do better here or there, I think he'd be very proud of the things that we've accomplished," Trump said.
Watch the full interview above.