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Trump takes to Twitter to defend firing FBI director Comey

Social Cues: The last time an FBI director was fired, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey was still a teen and then-President Bill Clinton hosted a news conference.

After firing the highest ranking official of the FBI Tuesday, President Donald Trump did not call a news conference to explain his actions.

The tweeter-in-chief waited more than 10 hours after the bombshell announcement, then took to his iPhone and explained in two tweets why he had become only the second president to ever fire an FBI director.


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He then retweeted a listicle via Drudge Report headlined "10 SCANDALS ON DIRECTOR'S WATCH."

On Wednesday morning, Trump's tweets and #ComeyFiring were top trending topics in the US on Twitter.

The last time an FBI director was fired, then-President Bill Clinton held a news conference, at which he spoke and then-Attorney General Janet Reno answered why she recommended firing William Sessions.

The C-SPAN archive footage of that 1993 news conference was 13 minutes long. Trump opted for tweets to his 29 million followers, but he also sent a letter to Comey, telling him he had been fired because he was not able to effectively lead the FBI.

The White House press secretary also issued a public statement explaining that Comey's termination was recommended by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Trump's office released a three-page document from Rosenstein in a scathing recommendation to fire Comey, arguing that he had mishandled the investigation into former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's emails. On Wednesday morning, Trump sat next to former National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger in the Oval Office and gave reporters another answer on why he fired Comey.

"He wasn't doing a good a job, very simply," Trump said.

When he was fired, Comey had been leading an FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. The FBI and other agencies have also been looking into the activities of Russian hackers during the election.

In all, the president has tweeted eight times since Tuesday night referencing Comey's firing. Two of the tweets, as previously mentioned, defended his decision. The other six were slamming Sen. Chuck Schumer, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Democrats for criticizing him.

On Twitter, Trump's tweets have ramped up responses from both the political left and right. Some people are criticizing him for firing Comey, while others are suggesting recommendations for the new FBI director.

So how long do you think it'll be before we see a presidential press conference come to Snapchat Stories?

First published May 10, 7:20 a.m. PT.
Updated at 7:37 a.m. PT: To include tweets reacting to Trump's remarks on Twitter and at 8:52 a.m. PT to add answers from Trump during an Oval Office photo opportunity.

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