According to a friend of the recently fired FBI director, James Comey once tried to camouflage himself among the blue White House drapes in the vain hope of not to being noticed by President Donald Trump.
The story comes via Comey’s friend, Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and strong critic of Trump, who provided some details about the ways the former FBI director attempted to maintain proper space between himself and the president because of the ongoing Russia investigation. At one point, Comey’s efforts to keep his distance were particularly hilarious.
Two days after Trump was sworn in, Comey was invited to a ceremony at the White House to honor law enforcement officials who had provided security at the new president’s inauguration. Though Wittes says Comey did not want to attend because he did not want to give the false impression that he was too close with Trump, he reluctantly made an appearance.
The New York Times reports:
The ceremony occurred in the Blue Room of the White House, where many senior law enforcement officials — including the Secret Service director — had gathered. Mr. Comey — who is 6 feet 8 inches tall and was wearing a dark blue suit that day — told Mr. Wittes that he tried to blend in with the blue curtains in the back of the room, in the hopes that Mr. Trump would not spot him and call him out.
“He thought he had gotten through and not been noticed or singled out and that he was going to get away without an individual interaction,” said Wittes. But, alas, Comey’s effort to hide in the curtains failed.
“Oh, and there’s Jim,” said Trump. “He’s become more famous than me.”
Then things got even more awkward/hysterical.