White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows revealed on Sunday that FBI chief Christopher Wray may be replaced in the near future if President Trump loses trust in him.
Meadows said there are “varying degrees of confidence” in the FBI director right now, but that Trump has opted against firing him for now.
“Certainly, he’s still there,” Meadows told CBS’s “Face The Nation.” “The minute that the president loses confidence in any of his Cabinet members — they serve at his pleasure — he will certainly look at replacing them.”
Wray has been a touchy subject for months, with President Trump alluding often to his displeasure with some of Wray’s comments and positions.
Trump is not shy about voicing his frustrations about Wray’s performance, publically excoriating Wray on multiple occasions in the last several months.
Most recently, President Trump took issue with Wray’s testimony on Capitol Hill that there is no evidence of coordinated voter fraud last week. Meadows joined Trump in criticizing Wray’s comments, explaining:
“To suggest that there is a process that is full of integrity is trying to make a verdict before you’ve actually heard the case. That’s my problem with Director Wray, they need to investigate it and make sure that the voting populace, make sure their vote counts and no one else’s does,
However, Trump has also dismissed speculation that he has plans to fire or replace Wray. Meadows too remained coy about how Wray’s position, saying that there are “different degrees of confidence” in Trump’s cabinet members, and that “as we look at this, we want to make sure he’s doing his job.”