Former FBI Director James Comey once tried to hide from President Donald Trump, camouflaging himself with White House curtains the same color of his suit to avoid interacting with the president.
The New York Times reported Comey attempted to avoid Trump’s gaze at a ceremony following the inauguration, held for law enforcement officials who had provided security during the event, by trying to blend into curtains in the White House’s blue room.
Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a friend of Comey’s, said the former FBI director initially did not want to go to the ceremony two days after Trump was sworn in.
Comey, like most modern FBI heads, had looked to keep the White House at arm’s length but his involvement in investigating Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during the campaign made him wary of appearing to be too close to the new administration.
Comey told Wittes at a lunch in March that he went to the event to represent the bureau. The compromise seemed to be that he would hide his 6 feet, 8 inch frame in the curtains.
“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,” Wittes said.
Those efforts, however, were in vain. “Oh here’s Jim,” Trump said as he spotted Comey. “He’s more famous than me.” What followed, Witte told PBS NewsHour, was a hug that made Comey feel “disgusted.”
“Right at the end, Trump singles him out in a fashion that he regarded as sort of calculated,” Wittes said. “Trump grabs the hand and kind of pulls him into the…