White House aide: Trump has full confidence in Pruitt

White House legislative director Marc Short said on Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE has full confidence in embattled Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittEnvironmentalists renew bid to overturn EPA policy barring scientists from advisory panels Six states sue EPA over pesticide tied to brain damage Overnight Energy: Trump EPA looks to change air pollution permit process | GOP senators propose easing Obama water rule | Green group sues EPA over lead dust rules 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.