(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump came face-to-face with FBI Director James Comey on Sunday after questions circulated whether Comey would stay on the job for the rest of his term in the new administration.
The president called out the FBI director, who is three years into his 10-year term, during a ceremony in the White House Blue Room honoring the law enforcement who oversaw the inauguration. President Trump joked, "He's become more famous than me," as Comey walked up to him and shook his hand, and the president patted him on the back.
Pres. Trump greets FBI Director James Comey during First Responders ceremony at the White House: "He's become more famous than me." pic.twitter.com/13HFICLKk7— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 22, 2017
Democrats have criticized Comey for his decision before the presidential election to announce in a letter to Congress that the FBI was reviewing additional emails in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. On Nov. 6, two days before the election, he said in a second letter that the FBI had "not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July."
Members of Hillary Clinton's campaign team have cited Comey's letters as a reason for her defeat in the election.
Before the president's inauguration, House Democrats slammed the FBI director for remaining mostly silent on any investigation into alleged connections between President Trump's campaign and the Russian government. Several members of Congress said Comey would not reveal if the FBI was already investigating or if there would be an investigation, even behind closed doors.
Last week in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos on This Week, President Trump's Chief of Staff Reince Preibus said the president had confidence in Comey, despite the president being tough on the FBI director during the campaign.
"We have had a great relationship with him over the last several weeks," Preibus said. "He's extremely competent. But look, his term extends for some time yet. There's no plans at this moment in changing that term and we've enjoyed our relationship with him and find him to be extraordinarily competent."
In the same show, Sen. Bernie Sanders told Stephanopoulos it "would not be a bad thing for the American people" if Comey decided to step down.
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