Ex-FBI chief James Comey jokes about moving to New Zealand if Donald Trump re-elected

MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace and James Comey at Politicon.
MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace and James Comey at Politicon. Photo credit: Twitter

The United States’ former FBI director James Comey has joked about moving to New Zealand if President Donald Trump is re-elected in 2020.

Comey made the comment during political conference Politicon in Nashville on Saturday local time.

Speaking to MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace, Comey said the United States is glued by a common set of values that holds Republicans and Democrats together.

"Our leaders must reflect the glue that holds us together. They can’t be people who lie all the time," he said.

When asked about the possibility of Trump winning again, he said he will still believe in those values.

"From my new home in New Zealand, I will. I still will believe in America."

Comey was fired as FBI director by Trump in May 2017, who disliked how Comey was handling the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and the possible Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Over the next year, Trump tweeted insults at Comey, including calling him a “slimeball” and the "worst FBI director in history, by far".

Trump and Comey’s feud is likely to be fuelled by the release of a TV series adaption of Comey’s book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.

Jeff Daniels is set to play Comey, and Brendan Gleeson, well-known for playing Mad-Eye Moody in the Harry Potter series, is cast to play Trump.