Trump: 'It may not look like it, but we are draining the swamp'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE on Thursday asserted that his administration is following through on his pledge to “drain the swamp.”

“From the day I took the oath of office, I’ve been fighting to drain the swamp, and sometimes it may not look like it, but believe me, we are draining the swamp,” Trump said during remarks at the White House about tax reform. 

“And there are a lot of unhappy people,” he continued. “You can see that every day. All you have to do is turn on the news. Every time you see me hit, you know that I’m draining the swamp. And people don’t like it.” 

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Trump repeatedly vowed during the 2016 campaign and since taking office that he would "drain the swamp" and rid Washington, D.C., of lifelong political insiders and ethical quandaries.

His latest comments come as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittLeaked Trump transition vetting documents show numerous officials with 'red flags': Axios Chaos within the EPA exposes Americans to toxins like asbestos How EPA Administrator Wheeler completely misinterprets science MORE is facing a barrage of ethical controversies.

Pruitt is facing probes and pressure to resign over reports he rented a Capitol Hill condo from the wife of a prominent energy lobbyist for $50 a day only on the days he stayed at the condo.

Meanwhile, it was revealed his travel and security habits have cost taxpayers millions of dollars, and that he reportedly approved raises for two staffers despite the White House rejecting the requests for pay increases.

Some Democrats some have called for Pruitt to resign, while a number of Republicans and Trump have defended Pruitt, citing his work cutting regulations.

Trump's former Veterans Affairs Secretary, David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinTrump sent policy pitch from Mar-a-Lago member to VA secretary: report Is a presidential appointment worth the risk? It’s time to end the scare tactics and get to work for our veterans MORE, was ousted late last month following an inspector general report that found he misused taxpayer funds during a trip to Europe.