Trump meets with Pruitt amid growing calls for resignation

Trump meets with Pruitt amid growing calls for resignation
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittTrump's relocation of the Bureau of Land Management was part of a familiar Republican playbook Understanding the barriers between scientists, the public and the truth Overnight Energy & Environment — Biden makes return to pre-Trump national monument boundaries official MORE reportedly met with President TrumpDonald TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE on Friday to explain why he should remain in office amid mounting scrutiny over alleged ethics violations.

Pruitt met with Trump at the White House, where he touted his achievements at the helm of the agency, administration officials told The Associated Press.

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The EPA chief reportedly spoke of his efforts to deregulate, including the EPA's recent move to rescind the Obama administration's tough fuel economy standards for cars.

Democratic members of Congress including House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems look to repackage BBB into salvageable bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden clarifies his remarks on Russia Democrats hope to salvage Biden's agenda on Manchin's terms  MORE (Calif.) are now calling on Pruitt to resign in response to reports about an arrangement the EPA chief had to rent a Capitol Hill condo from a pair of lobbyists for $50 per night.

The meeting with the president on Friday comes as the White House is reportedly conducting an ethics review into the rental agreement as well as suspicious pay bumps for two EPA officials who are longtime aides of Pruitt.

Trump said this week that Pruitt is "doing a great job" in the post, despite being "TOTALLY under siege," and denied reports that he would tap Pruitt to replace Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsPress: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Those predicting Facebook's demise are blowing smoke If bitcoin is 'digital gold,' it should be taxed like gold MORE, with whom the president has often butted heads.