President Donald Trump declared James Comey an “untruthful slimeball” before the release of Comey’s new memoir — and now the former FBI director has revealed some colorful thoughts of his own about the man who fired him. In A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, out Tuesday, Comey remembers Trump as a “slightly orange” man, whom Comey found disturbingly similar to the Mafia members he had prosecuted in the past.
“ face appeared slightly orange, with bright white half-moons under his eyes where I assumed he placed small tanning goggles, and impressively coiffed, bright blond hair, which upon close inspection looked to be all his.” Comey describes in his book, according to CNN.com.
Comey recalled taking in Trump’s appearance during a January 2017 meeting with the president, Trump’s senior team and other national intelligence directors, where Trump was informed about Russia’s interference in the election.
Comey didn’t miss a single physical detail, even assessing the size of Trump’s hands, which were famously described as being “short-fingered” in a 1988 issue of Spy magazine — an insult that has haunted Trump ever since.
“As he extended his hand, I made a mental note to check its size. It was smaller than mine, but did not seem unusually so,” Comey writes, according to CNN.com.
But Comey, who was fired from his post as FBI Director by President Trump in May 2017, does more than just mock Trump’s appearance. In A Higher Loyalty Comey looks back at his own career, the difficult decisions he made during the 2016 election, and all the ways in which President Trump is a direct antithesis to the values Comey holds dear.
“My book is about ethical leadership & draws on stories from my life & lessons I learned from others,” Comey tweeted on Sunday. “3 presidents are in my book: 2 help illustrate the values at the heart of ethical leadership; 1 serves as a counterpoint. I hope folks read the whole thing and find it useful.” Comey was apparently referring to Trump as the “counterpoint” to former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, both of whom Comey served and spoke of favorably in his book.
My book is about ethical leadership & draws on stories from my life & lessons I learned from others. 3 presidents are in my book: 2 help illustrate the values at the heart of ethical leadership; 1 serves as a counterpoint. I hope folks read the …
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