The Biggest Secrets James Comey Has Revealed About Working for Donald Trump
Another tell-all about the Trump White House is here. James Comey has released his book titled A Higher Loyalty. In the introduction, he says the purpose of the book is to examine ethical leadership. Comey said he was compelled to write the book because the political environment in the United States has reached a “dangerous” point where “basic facts are disputed, fundamental truth is questioned, lying is normalized, and unethical behavior is ignored, excused, or rewarded,” said Comey in his book.
Here are the biggest secrets James Comey has revealed about working for Donald Trump. Keep reading to find out about the unflattering comparison he made between Trump and a notorious criminal (page 6) and how Trump reacted to the revelations (page 9).
Comey says Trump demanded loyalty to him above loyalty to the United States
In the book, Comey said he thought a lot about the title. He said he came up with the title A Higher Loyalty after recalling interactions with Trump, where he demanded loyalty to him above loyalty to the country. If true, this is not surprising, considering Hope Hicks once admitted she was encouraged to tell “white lies” for Trump.
Comey said he was convinced that an ethical leader has a higher loyalty, and that loyalty is to uphold the truth and to remain ethical. Said Comey in the book:
I spent a lot of time thinking about the title of this book. In one sense it came out of a bizarre dinner meeting at the White House, where a new president of the United States demanded my loyalty—to him personally—over my duties as FBI director to the American people.
Next: Apparently, Donald Trump doesn’t care what you think.
According to Comey, Trump doesn’t have real conversations
In the book, Comey says Trump tends to talk for long periods of time, while others listen. He recalled a time when he was having dinner with Trump, and he only paused during the discussion, so he could take a few bites of his meal. According to him, Trump also lacks basic knowledge of how the Justice Department works. Said Comey:
As we continued our encounter—I don’t use the word “conversation,” because the term doesn’t apply when one person speaks nearly the entire time—I tried again to help President Trump understand the value that the separation between the FBI and the White House offers the president. But it was very hard to get a word in. For the rest of the meal, pausing only now and then eat, he spoke in torrents …”
Next: Enough about me, let’s talk about me.
He says Trump lacks emotional intelligence
Comey also suggests Trump lacks an awareness of others and tends to focus on himself and his perception of events. This is accompanied by exaggerations and his version of the truth. Said Comey:
Knowing people aren’t always focused on you should drive you to try to imagine what they are focused on. I see this at the heart of emotional intelligence, the ability to imagine the feelings and perspective of another “me.” … I got the sense that no one ever taught this to Donald Trump. The president asked very few questions that might prompt a discussion.
Next: Drastic measures.
One of Comey’s co-workers almost took drastic measures after he was fired
Comey says John Kelly, the current White House chief of staff, almost quit in protest of the way the former FBI director was fired. Kelly called Trump “dishonorable,” reports The Daily Beast.
Comey claims Kelly, who was head of the Department of Homeland Security at the time, was “emotional” about the firing and ready to step down because of the way the events unfolded. Comey found out that he had been fired not from Trump, but from television, after he saw the breaking news.
Next: Fierce loyalty is a job requirement.
Comey claims Trump keeps people around based on patronage relationships
According to the former FBI director, you could keep your job at the White House only if you remained unfailingly loyal and Trump got something out of the relationship. This can be clearly seen in the relationship Trump had with Hope Hicks. In an effort to remain loyal to Trump, she kept such a low profile that she barely spoke in public and shied away from interviews. These actions aren’t typical for someone who works in an office where the main job requirement is to interact with the public. Comey said in his book:
Now it was pretty clear to me what was happening. The setup of the dinner, both the physical layout of a private meal and Trump’s pretense that he had not already asked me to stay on multiple occasions, convinced me this was an effort to establish a patronage relationship. Somebody probably had told him, or maybe it just occurred to him at random, that he’d “given” me the job for “free” and that he needed to get something in return … The president of the United States had invited me to dinner and decided my job security was on the menu.
Next: Comey compared Trump to this criminal.
He compared Trump to a mob boss
Apparently, working for Donald Trump is quite interesting. In his book, Comey compared Trump to a mob boss, specifically Sammy “The Bull” Gravano. He said he became aware of the similarities upon first meeting the president. Said Comey in the book:
Not to draw any parallels to my time as a prosecutor against the Mob, but when I met Donald Trump, one couldn’t help but note certain similarities. Donald Trump would frequently ask me if I would like to be “made,” but I made a point to fob him off with a joke, saying, “I think I’ve been made already, Donald Trump, by a far higher power, as Reinhold Niebuhr would suggest.” Donald Trump did not laugh at these jokes. He never once laughed in my presence. I think it is a grave danger to democracy for a man never to laugh.
Next: According Comey, Trump doesn’t care about the truth.
He says Trump is unethical
Comey also claims Donald Trump is not an ethical president. This statement might not be so far-fetched, considering The Washington Post’s finding that Trump has made more than 2,000 false or misleading claims during his first year in office. In addition, he says Trump is mostly driven not by a desire to help others and improve the country, but by his own inflated ego.
Next: Trump made this embarrassing request.
Comey says Trump was thinking about asking him to investigate the “pee tape”
According to Comey, Donald Trump was thinking about asking him to investigate the allegation that Vladmir Putin had video of him participating in behavior that involved urine during a trip to Moscow. Comey says Trump wanted to reassure Melania that he did not engage in this behavior. Comey said in his book:
He brought up what he called the ‘golden showers thing’ . . . adding that it bothered him if there was “even a one percent chance” his wife, Melania, thought it was true. That distracted me slightly because I immediately began wondering why his wife would think there was any chance, even a small one, that he had been with prostitutes…He just rolled on, unprompted, explaining why it couldn’t possibly be true, ending by saying he was thinking of asking me to investigate the allegation to prove it was a lie. I said it was up to him.
Next: This is how Trump reacted.
Donald Trump’s reaction
As you can probably guess, Trump wasn’t thrilled with Comey’s book. He was so upset by it that he decided to tweet his displeasure. Trump called Comey a “weak and untruthful slime ball.” He ended his rant by saying “It was my great honor to fire James Comey!”
Next: Something is not right.
Something is very wrong at the White House
Whether or not you’re a Trump supporter, it’s clear there is some dysfunction at the Trump White House. CNN contributor David A. Lowe agrees with James Comey’s assessment that Donald is like a mob boss. Lowe also states the obvious: things aren’t normal at the White House. Says Lowe:
Although he apparently has learned little about governing in the past year, the President has declared he is in charge and knows what he wants, as he consolidates his power, fires one official after another who disagrees with him and surrounds himself with loyalists. Indeed, nothing about the Trump White House is normal, yet his minions behave as if everything is fine, and short of a few Republican outliers and retiring lawmakers critical of Trump and their party, the GOP faithful maintain their silence.
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