President Trump reportedly fumed to then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe after watching former FBI Director Jim Comey board a government plane after his firing and signaled to McCabe he should ask his wife if she feels like a loser.
The president’s anger toward Comey and McCabe, the bureau's deputy director, was revealed in a report from NBC News on Monday. According to the report, Trump called McCabe after seeing a newly ousted Comey climb aboard the FBI plane on television.
Comey was in Los Angeles when he received word of his firing and got on the plane to fly back to Washington, D.C.
After seeing the footage, Trump wanted to know from McCabe why Comey could fly on the government plane since he was terminated, sources told NBC News. McCabe reportedly told Trump that while he hadn’t been asked to approve the flight for the former FBI director, he would’ve authorized it anyway.
Trump then directed his attention toward McCabe and, more specifically, his wife. NBC News reported that Trump suggested McCabe “ask his wife how it feels to be a loser.” McCabe’s wife, Jill, ran for the state Senate in Virginia in 2015 but lost.
“OK, sir,” McCabe replied, according to the report, before Trump disconnected the call.
Since Comey’s firing, Trump has taken aim at McCabe, who became the acting FBI director until Christopher Wray, Trump’s pick to succeed Comey, was confirmed by the Senate in August.
Trump has taken to Twitter to suggest McCabe couldn’t have remained unbiased while participating in the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server since his wife accepted campaign donations from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who is close to the Clintons. He’s also questioned why Attorney General Jeff Sessions hasn’t fired McCabe.
Last month, Trump seized on the news that McCabe planned to step down in March when he became eligible for pension benefits and tweeted, “FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!”
Trump also reportedly asked McCabe during a meeting in the Oval Office who he voted for in the 2016 election. The president, though, said he didn’t remember asking the question.
McCabe resigned Monday, effective immediately.
The White House said the president did not have anything to do with his decision to leave his post at the FBI.