President Trump says Comey ‘was not doing a good job’

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - APRIL 26: (AFP-OUT) US President Donald Trump makes remarks prior to signing an 'Antiquities Executive Order' at the Department of the Interior, on April 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Interior will review prior monument designations made by former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump says ousted FBI Director James Comey “was not doing a good job.” It was President Trump’s first public remarks about his firing Tuesday of the FBI chief.

President Trump briefly spoke to reporters in the Oval Office on Wednesday after a closed meeting with Russia’s foreign minister. His remarks come as the White House is defending the decision to dismiss Comey. Administration officials have said the firing was not related to the investigation into possible contacts between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia.

President Trump was joined by Henry Kissinger, former secretary of state and national security adviser under President Richard Nixon.

The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee says there’s no need for a special prosecutor to investigate Russia’s ties to the President Trump campaign in the wake of the firing of the FBI director.

GOP Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina says his committee has the jurisdiction and responsibility to continue its Russia investigation and “we are going to do that.”

However Burr reiterated questions about President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. “The timing of this and the reasoning for it doesn’t make sense to me.”

And, Burr said that the firing “made our task a little more difficult but it didn’t make it impossible so we’ll continue.”

Burr said he spoke to President Trump but wouldn’t detail the exchange. He said they didn’t discuss his committee’s investigation

Vice President Mike Pence is defending the firing of FBI Director James Comey, saying the “president made the right decision at the right time.” He said Comey’s firing was not related to the investigation into possible contacts between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia.

Pence says the administration is now looking forward to finding someone to lead the law enforcement agency.

President Donald Trump fired Comey on Tuesday. Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, criticized Comey’s handling of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email practices.

Pence says Comey had lost the confidence of the American people. He says President Trump took “strong and decisive leadership” to put the safety and security of the American people first.