Doug Jones: People are ‘frustrated’ with Cabinet members and Pruitt ‘is in real trouble’

Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) said on Sunday that people are frustrated with President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE’s Cabinet secretaries and that he thinks the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) administrator, Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittGovernment watchdog probing EPA’s handling of Hurricane Harvey response Wheeler won’t stop America’s addiction to fossil fuels Overnight Energy: Trump rolls back methane pollution rule | EPA watchdog to step down | China puts tariffs on US gas MORE, might be on his way out.

“I think he is in real trouble. I think that there is a perception that is not good at all,” Jones said about Pruitt on ABC’s “This Week” when asked if Pruitt should resign.

The EPA chief has faced continuing criticism for his use of taxpayer funds. Pruitt has been under scrutiny for traveling first-class on international flights for a number of expensive trips and for installing expensive security measures at his EPA office in D.C.

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“The fact that he has been — has a controversy with expenses, which I think is one of the things that people are just frustrated with, with Cabinet members who seem to want to use taxpayer dollars to fund a life, their own personal lifestyle,” Jones said.

Most recently, Pruitt has faced criticism for staying at a Capitol Hill condominium — owned by the wife of an energy lobbyist — for $50 a night. The agreement did not violate ethics regulations, according to the EPA's top ethics official.

“And now on top of this, the — you know, not just the $50, but the fact that it was going to energy company lobbyists, that — it just looks so bad,” Jones said. “And I think it seems that he may be on his way out.”

Pruitt’s departure would be the latest in a long line of recent departures from Trump’s White House.

Former Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonPompeo working to rebuild ties with US diplomats: report NYT says it was unfair on Haley curtain story Rubio defends Haley over curtains story: Example of media pushing bias MORE was ousted via Twitter earlier this month. A few days ago former Veterans Affairs Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinVeterans group sues to block advisers known as ‘Mar-a-Lago Crowd’ from influencing VA Mar-a-Lago insiders provided input on VA policy, personnel decisions: report Ahead of speech, Kansas City newspaper urges Trump to listen to veterans MORE also left the White House.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceWhite House officials discussing potential replacements for FEMA chief: report Overnight Health Care: CBO finds bill delaying parts of ObamaCare costs B | Drug CEO defends 400 percent price hike | HHS declares health emergency ahead of hurricane HHS should look into Azar's close ties to the drug industry MORE resigned last year after an investigation uncovered that he used federal funds to pay for charter flights.