Trump Has 'An Emptiness' And 'Hunger For Affirmation,' James Comey Claims

Former FBI Director James Comey said the man who fired him, President Donald Trump, is empty inside and yearns for approval.

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Comey, who has appeared on multiple news outlets promoting his new book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, made the claim Thursday night to The New Yorker editor David Remnick at The Town Hall theatre in New York City.

"I think he has an emptiness inside of him, and a hunger for affirmation, that I've never seen in an adult," Comey said. "It's all, 'What will fill this hole?'"

Comey said that he is unlike Trump in that regard.

"I don't crave to be known," Comey told Remnick, and added that he would feel more comfortable "not doing something like this," but that he has to promote his book.

Comey has been barraged with questions on how he handled FBI investigations into possible Russian interference and collusion with the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election as well as into Hillary Clinton's emails.

Comey's claim about Trump hungering for affirmation could hold some truth, given the president's documented obsession with television ratings and repeated tweets about his own job approval ratings.

Infamously, he began his term as president by erroneously and steadfastly claiming that his inauguration was highest-attended in history.

Wow, television ratings just out: 31 million people watched the Inauguration, 11 million more than the very good ratings from 4 years ago!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2017

Trump is also notorious for bashing his foes and opposing views on Twitter, rather than staying silent or ignoring the claims. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday on Comey's claim.