President Trump will visit the FBI National Academy on Friday amid heightened tensions with the bureau whose reputation he recently described as “in tatters,” and its standing as the “worst in history.”
According to the White House, Trump will deliver remarks to graduates of the 10-week national academy program. The academy, according to the FBI’s website, is a “professional course of study” open to U.S. and international law enforcement managers of all stripes.
In May, President Trump was expected to visit the FBI headquarters, but the trip was notably scrapped following mounting backlash over his controversial firing of then-FBI Director Jim Comey.
Since then, the president has publicly derided the FBI’s reputation amid its investigation into his campaign’s alleged ties to Russia and Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election.
He has vented on Twitter about whether the FBI’s investigation is politically motivated, and whether his former opponent, Hillary Clinton, escaped conviction in the investigation of her use of a private email server because of agency’s political bias.
Just last week Trump said the FBI’s reputation was “in Tatters – worst in History!”
After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters – worst in History! But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017
Asked a week ago about the president’s tweets in front of the House Judiciary Committee, FBI Director Christopher Wray said the reputation of the bureau was “quite good.”
“The FBI that I see is tens of thousands of brave men and women working as hard as they can to keep people they will never know safe from harm,” Wray said.
But Wray was also…