The FBI might have a new director in the near future.
President Donald Trump is said to be considering a change, confirming that he is “looking at a lot of different things” in regard to current FBI Director Christopher Wray, as reported by Fox News.
A pair of troubling answers
Trump made his remarks on the matter Friday during a press briefing at the White House.
While he offered no direct confirmation that he is thinking about firing Wray, his comments left open the possibility. Wray is reportedly in the hot seat after testimony he gave before the House Homeland Security Committee this week.
The president was not happy with a few of answers he gave, particularly regarding foreign interference in U.S. elections and the role of Antifa in ongoing civil unrest.
Wray singled out Russia as a particular threat in the upcoming election, which earned Trump’s criticism. Intelligence reports have included Russia among several nations — China and Iran, in particular — as possible bad actors capable of interfering in the election.
Trump has long asserted that China is the biggest culprit, which he reiterated in his latest remarks.
“I don’t know why that’s not mentioned”
“Obviously China is at the top of the list and I think Russia and North Korea and many other countries can be talked about, but China would be at the top of that list, so I don’t know why that’s not mentioned,” the president told reporters.
Furthermore, Trump said he was dissatisfied with Wray’s take on Antifa.
The FBI director acknowledged that the entity is a “real thing,” but relegated it to a “movement or an ideology” and not an organized group. Trump, who feels Antifa is a “bad group” and has moved to designate it a terrorist organization, said it “bothers” him that Wray did not affirm as much during his testimony.
“They’re criminals and they’re anarchists and they’re agitators and they’re looters and rioters and everything else,” he said.
While there is no concrete evidence that Wray is on his way out, Trump has made it clear on multiple occasions that he will not hesitate to shake up the staff in his administration when he feels it is warranted.