White House aide: Trump has full confidence in Pruitt

White House legislative director Marc Short said on Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Rove warns Senate GOP: Don't put only focus on base Ann Coulter blasts Trump shutdown compromise: ‘We voted for Trump and got Jeb!’ MORE has full confidence in embattled Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittMeet 3 women who stood up to Trump to protect the American people — and lost their jobs Overnight Energy: Wheeler weathers climate criticism at confirmation hearing | Dems want Interior to stop drilling work during shutdown | 2018 was hottest year for oceans Dems blast EPA nominee at confirmation hearing 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.