More in US Disapprove Than Approve of FBI Chief’s Dismissal, Poll Reveals

© REUTERS / Brian SnyderFBI Director James Comey listens as he is thanked for speaking at the Boston Conference on Cyber Security at Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts, US, March 8, 2017.
FBI Director James Comey listens as he is thanked for speaking at the Boston Conference on Cyber Security at Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts, US, March 8, 2017. - Sputnik International
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More people in the United States disapprove than approve of Donald Trump’s controversial decision to fire Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) chief James Comey, a poll found Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Trump said Tuesday he had fired Comey on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, saying he was unable to lead the Bureau effectively.

Vice President Mike Pence, second from left, and Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy stand as President Donald Trump shakes hands with FBI Director James Comey during a reception for inaugural law enforcement officers and first responders in the Blue Room of the White House, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 in Washington - Sputnik International
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The Gallup survey, carried out on May 10-11, discovered that 46 percent of respondents disapproved of the firing and 39 percent approved, while the rest expressed no opinion.

The negative sentiment was greater than the last time an FBI director was sacked. In 1993, 44 percent of US nationals approved and 24 percent disapproved of Bill Clinton's removal of William Sessions over misuse of government property.

The pollster suggested the context of the sacking might have played a role. Trump said initially Comey’s handling of the FBI inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s email server was the reason for the decision but then claimed it was because the director had lost the trust of his staff and also because he was acting like a "showboat."

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