Philip Mudd on Trump: “He’s a coward… If you’re gonna fire somebody with this experience: pick up the damn phone.” https://t.co/w1hj7NRgAt— CNN (@CNN) May 10, 2017

A former FBI and CIA counterterrorism official had harsh words for President Donald Trump over his firing of FBI Director James Comey.
“I don’t think the president exercised bad judgment,” Philip Mudd, now a CNN counterterrorism analyst, said on CNN’s “New Day” on Wednesday. “I think he’s a coward.”
Comey was fired via a letter from Trump that was delivered while he was out of the office. Comey learned of his ouster from a TV newscast. 
Mudd said: 

“Number one, if you’re gonna fire somebody with this experience, pick up the damn phone. Number two, if you’re going to fire somebody when you get a memo in the morning, don’t tell me the memo was the cause of the firing. That’s a fig leaf. That’s an excuse.” 

“The president acted cowardly in this case,” Mudd said. “He should’ve had the courtesy and the humanity to fire a man who’s done great service despite the mistakes he’s made.” 
He made similar comments later in the day to Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s “The Situation Room.” 
“This looks political from the outside. Let me tell you what it looks like as a practitioner,” he said. “This is emotional. The president acted in a cowardly fashion. He’s a coward.”
Mudd, who was deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center and held high-level roles at the FBI and CIA, has often been highly critical of Trump.
In January, he slammed Trump’s speech at CIA headquarters after Trump attacked the media and bragged about his inauguration crowds while standing in front of the Memorial Wall, which honors agents killed in action. Mudd called it “disgusting.”
And last year he called the Trump transition effort a “clown show.”
(h/t Mediaite)  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
read whole article

Related Links

  1. Trevor Noah Spells Out Why Donald Trump Firing James Comey Is Bad For Democracy
  2. Trump says he will be 'thanked' for firing of FBI chief Comey
  3. Trump defends firing Comey: 'They will be thanking me!'
  4. Trump Says He Considered FBI's Russia Probe Before Firing Comey
  5. Trump considered 'this Russia thing' before firing Comey
  6. Trump: I am being probed over Comey firing
  7. Trump 'considered firing Comey since taking office'
  8. Trump slams Comey as 'weak and untruthful slime ball'
  9. NYT: Trump brags to Russians about firing 'nut job' Comey
  10. Steve Bannon Says Trump Firing Comey May Be Biggest Mistake In Modern Politics