Trump calls FBI’s conduct ‘disgraceful’ shortly before speaking at FBI training center ceremony

Trump calls FBI’s conduct ‘disgraceful’ shortly before speaking at FBI training center ceremony
President Donald Trump called the FBI 'disgraceful' Friday, apparently referring to email exchanges between FBI officials. Then he spoke at the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony, where he focused on showing respect for law enforcement. Milos Spasic/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump called the FBI’s recent behavior “disgraceful” just before speaking at a graduation ceremony at the FBI National Academy, according to The Washington Post.

The ceremony honored more than 200 law enforcement officers from across the country who graduated from a program that teaches FBI expertise and standards, the Post reported.

“We’re going to rebuild the FBI, it’ll be bigger and better than ever, but it is very sad when you look at those documents, and how they’ve done that is really, really disgraceful and you have a lot of very angry people that are seeing it,’’ Trump said in the report.

What was Trump talking about?

Trump was apparently referring to an exchange in which senior FBI officials “exchanged anti-Trump and pro-Hillary Clinton text messages,” according to the Post.

The text exchange came during the investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server while in her role as secretary of state. The same thing reportedly happened while special counsel Robert S. Mueller was investigating whether Trump associates and Russian officials worked together to cause interference in the presidential election.

What did Trump say about the nation’s police officers?

While speaking at the Quantico, Virginia, ceremony attended by FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Trump did not say anything about his strained relationship with the FBI. Instead, he focused on showing respect for law enforcement.

“We as a country must do a better job showing our police officers our respect and gratitude that you have earned, and we will do that,’’ Trump said.

He mentioned that crime and immigration in Chicago are among two of his biggest concerns in police work, the Post noted.

Chicago exemplifies the difficulties that police work can bring. The city has faced struggles with murders and shootings, although those crimes appear to be decreasing, according to the Post.

“What the hell is going on in Chicago? What the hell is happening there?’’ Trump said.