FBI Director Christopher Wray told his staff Monday it was "truly an honor" to represent them after President Trump took the agency to task for being the "worst in History" and leaving its reputation in "Tatters," according to a report.
Wray told 35,000 agents and support staff he was “inspired by example after example of professionalism and dedication to justice demonstrated around the bureau," in a memo obtained by the New York Times.
"It is truly an honor to represent you," he added.
Wray, who has been in the bureau's top job since September, also reflected in the missive on the pressures the FBI faces on a daily basis.
“We find ourselves under the microscope each and every day — and rightfully so. We do hard work for a living,” he said, imploring his workforce to “continue to keep focused on our critical mission.”
“Keep calm and tackle hard,” Wray concluded.
In a stream of tweets early Sunday morning, Trump denied ordering former FBI Director James Comey to stop investigating his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, before Comey's abrupt dismissal on May 9.
The president then tore into the agency regarding an FBI investigator who was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe after he allegedly sent anti-Trump messages to a colleague.
"After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters - worst in History! But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness," Trump wrote on Twitter.
A White House spokesman traveling with Trump Monday would not take questions from the press about the president's tweets. A representative for the FBI did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment.
Trump's remarks drew sharp rebukes from current lawmakers like Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., as well as Obama-era Attorney General Eric Holder and Comey himself.
“I want the American people to know this truth: The FBI is honest. The FBI is strong. And the FBI is, and always will be, independent,” Comey wrote on social media Sunday.