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Politics Comey: I’m not making fun of the president

15:11  17 april  2018
15:11  17 april  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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"" 'Describe the president 's hands?' " NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep responded. "When I talk about President Obama, I talk about how skinny he struck me, as — I ' m not trying to make fun of President Obama," Comey goes on.

“‘Describe the president ’s hands?'” “No, but that was on my mind,” Comey says. “And by the way, not that this matters, but I found his hands to be above average in size, and so I ’ m not making fun of the man, I ’ m trying to tell the reader what’s in my head.”

In this image released by ABC News, former FBI director James Comey appears at an interview with George Stephanopoulos that will air during a primetime © AAJw2p In this image released by ABC News, former FBI director James Comey appears at an interview with George Stephanopoulos that will air during a primetime "20/20" special on Sunday, April 15, 2018 on the ABC Television Network.

Former FBI Director James Comey says in a new interview that he was not attempting to "make fun" of President Trump with comments about the president in his book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, And Leadership."

In an interview with NPR, the former FBI chief explains that his remarks about the size of Trump's hands were meant to paint a picture for the reader, not as a slight at Trump.

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By the Hill, April 17, 2018. James Comey says in a new interview that he is not attempting to " make fun " of President Trump with comments about the president in his book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, And Leadership.".

“ I ’ m not making fun of the president . I ’ m trying to be an author, which I’ve never been before in my life,” Comey says. “While I ’ m typing, I can hear my editor’s voice ringing in my head, ‘bring the reader with you.

"I'm not making fun of the president. I'm trying to be an author, which I've never been before in my life," Comey says. "While I'm typing, I can hear my editor's voice ringing in my head, 'bring the reader with you. Show them inside your head. Bring them with you.'"

"'Describe the president's hands,'" NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep responded. "Can you hear the editor saying that?"

"No, but that was on my mind," Comey says. "And by the way, not that this matters, but I found his hands to be above average in size, and so I'm not making fun of the man, I'm trying to tell the reader what's in my head."

Comey's remarks come after readers noted excerpts in his book where the FBI describes meeting Trump in person for the first time, in which Comey describes how he "made a mental note to check [his hand] size."

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Former FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday defended his editorial choice to include details in his new memoir painting President Donald Trump in an unflattering light by pointing out vestiges of his tanning habit and focusing on the size of his hands. “ I ’ m not making fun of the President

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James Comey, Donald Trump are posing for a picture © Provided by The Hill

The size of Trump's hands has been a running joke among critics after former GOP candidate and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) mocked Trump over the size of his hands during a campaign rally during the 2016 GOP primary.

Comey goes on in the interview to explain how his physical descriptions of presidents help bring his audience into the West Wing in his new book.

"When I talk about President Obama, I talk about how skinny he struck me, as - I'm not trying to make fun of President Obama," Comey goes on. "I'm trying to show the reader this is how I was experiencing the world, and bring them into those rooms with me."

Comey's book, which releases this week, is expect to be an immediate bestseller and has already topped #1 on the Amazon bestseller list ahead of its release.

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