Mr. Secretary, you've served eight presidents. When you saw the firing of James Comey, the director of the FBI, how did that strike you based on your experience?>> Not terribly well done
fired a lot of senior people myself and I think the key when you feel compelled to remove a senior official is essentially to have all your ducks in a row at the beginning.
If possible, to be in a position to announce who is going to step in as the interim immediately and if possible to announce who you're going to nominate to replace that person. For that to be somebody of impeccable integrity and reputation, disarms a lot of the worst criticism that it's some kind of a power play.
Having a single story and relying in terms of how it happened and why it happened. And then what the next steps are, I think helps to diminish the blowback that you get.