White House expressed confidence in James Comey up until last week

The president gave the ousted FBI director "a chance," said a spokeswoman.

"The president had lost confidence in director Comey," Sanders said. "And frankly he'd been considering letting director Comey go since the day he was elected."

But since Trump took office, there had been little indication that he's been harboring distrust for Comey.

“We’ve enjoyed our relationship with him and find him to extraordinarily competent,” Priebus said.

When asked during a press briefing the next day whether Trump was still comfortable with Comey serving in the administration, Spicer doubled down, saying “the president has confidence in the director.”

After Sanders said Trump had been doubting Comey’s ability since day one, she said he doesn’t regret pulling the trigger earlier.

“I think the president wanted to give director Comey a chance, but I feel he made the right decision,” Sanders said.

"President Trump made the right decision at the right time to accept the recommendation of the deputy attorney general and the attorney general, to ask for the termination,” Pence said. “To support the termination of the FBI was simply the right decision.”