Trump says he doesn’t remember asking an FBI official who he voted for

President Donald Trump.

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President Donald Trump.
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  • President Donald Trump said he does not remember asking deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe last year who he voted for in the 2016 US presidential election.
  • Trump said he didn’t know why the question would have been a “big deal” and that he believed it was “a very unimportant question.”

President Donald Trump said that he did not remember asking deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe last year who he voted for in the 2016 US presidential election, according to a New York Times report published Wednesday.

“I don’t think so; no, I don’t think I did,” Trump said in an impromptu meeting with reporters, according to The Times. “I don’t know what’s the big deal with that.”

“I don’t remember asking him the question,” Trump continued. “I think it’s also a very unimportant question.”

Trump reportedly posed the question to McCabe, who at the time was named the acting FBI director after Trump fired James Comey in May, current and former officials said in a Washington Post report published on Tuesday.

McCabe, who reportedly told Trump he did not vote in the 2016 election, said that he found Trump’s question “disturbing,” one former official told The Post.

The question raised eyebrows nonetheless, in light of Trump’s alleged attempts to gain a promise of loyalty from Comey during a private White House meeting between the two men after Trump was inaugurated.