White House aide: Trump has full confidence in Pruitt

White House legislative director Marc Short said on Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges 'we will not cut corners' on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection MORE has full confidence in embattled Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittEPA looks to other statutes to expand scope of coming 'secret science' rule EPA ordered to reconsider New York efforts to tame downwind pollution OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA declines to tighten smog standards amid pressure from green groups | Democrats split on Trump plan to use development funds for nuclear projects| Russian mining giant reports another fuel spill in Arctic MORE

“Scott Pruitt is doing a phenomenal job and the president is happy with him," Short told NBC's Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press." 

Short refused to say what it would take for Trump to lose full confidence in Pruitt. 


Pruitt has weathered a series of controversies involving spending over the past month, which has raised ethics questions. 

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

He has also faced backlash for his travel and security habits that have cost taxpayers millions of dollars, and reports that he reportedly approved raises for two staffers despite the White House rejecting the requests for pay increases.

Trump has defended Pruitt, citing his work cutting environmental regulations. 

However, reports surfaced last week that Trump told Pruitt to "cool it" on attracting negative media attention during a recent White House Cabinet meeting.