Trump Says He Still Has Confidence in Embattled EPA Chief Scott Pruitt


Trump Says He Still Has Confidence in Embattled EPA Chief Scott Pruitt

He's been very courageous. I think he's done an incredible job. I think he'll be fine.

He's got both in Scott Pruitt!

Pruitt has been under fire for days amid numerous ethics questions, including his rental of a bargain-priced Capitol Hill condo with ties to a fossil fuels lobbyist. Trump fired Tillerson in March. However, Trump is hesitant to fire him because he likes entertaining the idea of replacing Sessions with Pruitt eventually and feels confident that he will continue to advance his agenda at the EPA in the meanwhile.

At a White House press briefing, Sanders would not answer questions directly about whether or not the president is satisfied with Pruitt's performance, though she did say the president was satisfied with Pruitt's commitment to deregulation.

EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox told ABC News the agency "will respond to Congresswoman McCollum through the proper channel".

"I just hope Scott Pruitt hangs in, bottom line".

Though last week Minoli said the rate for the one bedroom was fair market value, his estimation failed to consider the second bedroom. He leased the property, paying an average of about $1,000 a month.

When reached by CNN, Minoli confirmed the authenticity of the document but wouldn't comment further.

Pruitt denied that accusation in a contentious Fox News Channel interview.

Over at the White House, Chief of Staff John Kelly is said to be extremely miffed he wasn't warned in advance that Trump's E.P.A. head was a ticking time bomb, telling Pruitt in a phone call that "the flow of negative and damning stories needed to stop".

When Pruitt moved out of the condo, The Post's Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis reported Tuesday, Millan Hupp, a 26-year-old aide he installed at the EPA from his home state of Oklahoma, helped him find a new place.

But Pruitt has remained in Trump's good graces for the most part, though a source who is familiar with the matter said the President's confidence in him has faltered some in light of the ethics issues. In his interview with Henry, Pruitt defended the condo decision, pointing to the ethics official sign-off and dismissing concerns about the lobbying connection.

Samantha Dravis, a longtime adviser who serves as senior counsel and associate administrator in the EPA's Office of Policy, submitted her resignation last week to work in the private sector. In fact, the President was not impressed with Pruitt's performance. She often accompanied the administrator on his frequent trips across the country and oversees.

On Monday, Pruitt announced plans to roll back automotive fuel economy standards, even as he was ducking questions about what appeared to be a sweetheart housing arrangement in an apartment owned by the wife of an energy lobbyist.

While Trump has been seemingly discussing with top White House officials whether to keep Pruitt in his position, the EPA chief has faced a mire of controversies that show no signs of letting up.

Steven Hart told The Associated Press last week that Pruitt is a "casual friend" from Oklahoma with whom he had only occasional contact.

But Trump has repeatedly mused about firing many in his administration, so him discussing it doesn't necessarily mean he will. Pruitt may well stay where he is.

That favor turned into a headache for the couple when Pruitt repeatedly asked to extend his lease and the couple began to wonder if he would ever leave.



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