Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that he will stay on in his role as the nation’s top law enforcer despite being publicly criticized by President Donald Trump for recusing himself from the investigation into the Russian meddling in 2016 presidential election, The Daily Caller reports.
Sessions said he had the “honor of serving as attorney general” and vows to continue “as long as that is appropriate.”
When asked if he and his colleagues would consider resigning after Trump’s remarks, Sessions said they intend to continue to fulfill their duties.
During an interview with the New York Times, the president said: “Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else.”
When asked how he could keep working despite apparently having lost Trump’s confidence, Sessions said, “We’re serving right now…I’m totally confident that we can continue to run this office in an effective way.”
Sessions was the first U.S. senator to endorse Trump’s candidacy for president during the 2016 Republican primary and became an important surrogate for the Trump campaign.