Josh Dawsey, reporting for Politico, “Behind Comey’s Firing: An Enraged Trump, Fuming About Russia”:
But the fallout seemed to take the White House by surprise. Trump
made a round of calls around 5 p.m., asking for support from
senators. White House officials believed it would be a “win-win”
because Republicans and Democrats alike had had problems with the
FBI director, one person briefed on the administration’s
Instead, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told him he
was making a big mistake — and Trump seemed “taken aback,”
according to a person familiar with the call.
By Tuesday evening, the president was watching the coverage of
his decision and frustrated no one was on TV defending him, a
White House official said. He wanted surrogates out there beating
So he fires Comey, calls Chuck Schumer expecting a pat on the back, Schumer instead tells him he’s making a big mistake, and Trump gets off the phone and mocks Schumer in a tweet. It’s almost comical that he expected this to be popular with Democrats.