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Trump calls Comey a ‘Slimeball,’ defends ‘Mission Accomplished’ phrase on Twitter

Trump fires back at Comey’s salacious comments
WATCH: President Trump and former FBI Director James Comey are in a heated public relations battle ahead of the release of Comey's tell-all book. Jackson Proskow reports.

President Donald Trump is again calling former FBI Director James Comey a “slimeball” ahead of the publication of his new book.

Trump’s morning tweet comes ahead of Comey’s interview with ABC to be broadcast in full on Sunday evening.

In an excerpt shown Saturday, Comey says his belief that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 presidential election was a factor in his decision to disclose the investigation into her emails.

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In his tweet, Trump says: “Unbelievably, James Comey states that Polls, where Crooked Hillary was leading, were a factor in the handling (stupidly) of the Clinton Email probe. In other words, he was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job. Slimeball!”

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On Sunday Trump also defended his use of the phrase “mission accomplished” over the U.S.-led missile strikes on Syrian targets after it was seized on by the media.

The phrase is associated with President George W. Bush, who used it in 2003 during the Iraq war but which dogged him for the rest of his presidency.

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“The Syrian raid was so perfectly carried out, with such precision, that the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term ‘Mission Accomplished'” Trump said on Twitter.

“I knew they would seize on this but felt it is such a great Military term, it should be brought back. Use often!” he said.

-With files from Reuters.