Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey was ''not terribly well done.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey was "not terribly well done," former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in an interview that aired on Sunday (May 14). Appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation", Gates, who served as Pentagon chief from 2006 to 2011 under former President Barack Obama and his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush, said there's a certain way to go about firing a senior official which requires one "to have all your ducks in a row at the beginning." "To have the rationale, have everybody understand what the rationale was. If possible, to be in a position to announce who is going to step in as the interim immediately. And, if possible, to announce who you're going to nominate to replace that person," Gates said. Trump dismissed Comey on Tuesday, sparking a political firestorm by firing the man investigating possible collusion between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign.