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James Comey firing: Trump's first comments

Last Updated May 10, 2017 9:07 PM EDT

In his first in-person statement to the press since he fired now-former FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump did not mince words.

"Very simply he was not doing a good job," Mr. Trump told CBS News' Margaret Brennan Wednesday during a meeting with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Before this, the president had met privately with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Brennan was the pool reporter.

Mr. Trump added that the firing did not affect his meeting with Lavrov  -- the highest-ranking Russian official Mr. Trump has met with face-to-face -- in any way.

The surprise firing of Comey caught many in Washington off guard and prompted numerous Democratic lawmakers to call for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Mr. Trump's alleged ties to the Russian government.

Mr. Trump said he acted on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who faulted Comey for mishandling the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.

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With former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at his side, President Trump speaks to reporters after his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 10, 2017.

Reuters