James Comey actually learned he was axed while he was speaking to FBI employees in Los Angles. This is at least how the New York Times reports it.
The now former FBI directed saw the news on TV, and actually thought it was some sort of prank. Luckily for him, his staff was around to assure him that it was indeed real.
The abrupt firing caused Comey to cancel his scheduled speaking events that evening in L.A because of course, he had to fly back to D.C, and figure out what exactly had just happened.
The seemingly out of the blue firing of Comey has been the center of attention on all mainstream new outlets with speculation as to why exactly Trump made such a spontaneous move on everyone’s mind. The official word at this point is Trump did it because of how he (Comey) handled the investigation into Hilary Clinton. It is no secret that Trump was rubbed the wrong way when the FBI came forward and stated that they found no wrongdoing from Hilary.
On a letter from Trump written to Comey thanking his service it read:
“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau,”
All the country can do is speculate as to the true reasons for Trump’s abrupt decision, and wait to see how this all unfolds.