White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders addressed President Donald Trump’s dismissal of former FBI director James Comey in a news briefing Wednesday afternoon.
In that briefing, she said Trump had “lost confidence” in Comey and acted on the advice of the deputy attorney general and others when he decided to fire him on Tuesday.
Sanders said, “I think it’s been an erosion of confidence” and that there were a lot of “missteps and mistakes” leading up to the decision to let Comey go.
She also said Trump had considered firing Comey “since the day he was elected president.”
Watch that briefing in the player above.
On Tuesday, the White House said the firing was due to Comey’s handling of an investigation into former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email use. But it came as Comey was also overseeing an investigation into whether Trump campaign associates had ties with Russia, and whether the country influenced the 2016 presidential election, raising criticism from lawmakers who question how the dismissal will affect that investigation.
Comey’s top deputy Andrew McCabe is now the acting director of the FBI.
On Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted that Comey “will be replaced by someone who will do a far better job, bringing back the spirit and prestige of the FBI.” He added that Comey had “lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington.”
PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.