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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursday he intends to stay in his job despite blistering criticism from President Donald Trump over his decision to recuse himself from the Russia election meddling probe.

Asked at a press conference if he plans to resign, Sessions replied, according to AFP, "I have the honor of serving as attorney general. It is something that goes beyond any thought I would have ever had for myself."

"I plan to continue to do so as long as that is appropriate," he added.

The comments came following an interview Trump gave to The New York Times on Wednesday, in which the President said he would never have chosen Sessions for the post if he had known he would recuse himself.

Sessions recused himself from federal investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, after it was revealed he had contacts with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.

Last month, he testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee which is probing the alleged ties between Russia and officials in President Donald Trump's campaign.

Sessions said in that testimony that any claims he colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election were an “appealing and detestable lie”.

On Thursday, the White House clarified that Trump has confidence in Sessions.

"As the president said yesterday, he was disappointed in the Attorney General Sessions' decision to recuse himself, but clearly he has confidence in him or he would not be the attorney general," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a press briefing.