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White House says will not announce FBI director nominee on Friday

The White House is pictured shortly after sunrise in Washington, August 1, 2007. REUTERS/Jason Reed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There will be no planned announcement on Friday of U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee for FBI director, the White House said.

Trump fired the former director James Comey on May 9 in a surprise announcement that sparked days of political turmoil. On Thursday, the president said he was close to choosing a replacement.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)