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Friday, 19 May 2017 17:38

Media Seize on Claim Comey ‘Disgusted’ by Trump Handshake

Written by  Kyle Drennen

After Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Benjamin Wittes, a friend of fired FBI Director James Comey, took to PBS to accuse President Trump of a “calculated” attempt to “compromise” Comey simply by shaking the law enforcement chief’s hand at a White House event, the media ran wild with the story on Friday as another controversy for the commander-in-chief.

On CNN’s New Day, correspondent Joe Johns touted: “Wittes now recounting the day of that now famous public embrace between Comey and the President at a White House reception shortly after the Inauguration....And though 6'8", he even tried to blend in with the curtains in the back of the room, in hopes he would not be spotted.”

A clip played of Wittes declaring: “Trump singles him out in a fashion that he regarded as sort of, you know, calculated....What he told me was that he was – it was bad enough that he was there, it was bad enough that there was going to be a handshake, but you know, there really wasn’t gonna be a hug.”

Discussing the seconds-long greeting between the two men at a White House ceremony, Wittes breathlessly set the scene:

And so, if you watch the video, he extends his hand – and Comey’s arms are really long – and he extends his hand kind of preemptively, and Trump grabs the hand and kind of pulls him into a hug, but the hug is entirely one-sided.

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