Trump ‘not happy about certain things’ involving Pruitt

Trump ‘not happy about certain things’ involving Pruitt
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE said he’s “not happy” with certain aspects of the ethics and spending scandals involving Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittEPA knows this pesticide is dangerous, so why did it reverse the ban? Archives investigation finds no ‘secret' Pruitt calendars existed California has sued the Trump administration 46 times. Here are the lawsuits MORE.

“I’m looking at Scott, and Scott’s done a fantastic job at EPA,” Trump told reporters Friday at the White House. “I’m not happy about certain things. I’ll be honest.”

Trump added that Pruitt has “done a fantastic job running the EPA, which is very overriding. But I am not happy about it.”

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The embattled EPA chief is under continuous fire over allegations that he’s wasted taxpayer money on himself, violated ethics standards and used government staff for personal tasks like running errands and finding jobs for his wife at Chick-fil-A and conservative organizations.

He’s under more than a dozen federal investigations for controversial moves such as spending $3.5 million for a personal security detail and renting a condo from the wife of an energy lobbyist for just $50 for each night he spent there.

Just Friday morning, the EPA confirmed that Pruitt had a communications consultant with energy clients help get him tickets to the Rose Bowl game and had his staff assist in getting his daughter a White House internship.

Trump has consistently stood by Pruitt amid the scandals and has come out multiple times recently to say that he stands by the EPA head.

But conservatives and GOP lawmakers have started to sour on Pruitt. In recent days, Fox News host Laura Ingraham has called on Trump to fire Pruitt for embarrassing the president, while Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeAllies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump On The Money: Trump to sign border deal, declare emergency to build wall | Senate passes funding bill, House to follow | Dems promise challenge to emergency declaration Trump to sign border deal, declare national emergency MORE (R-Okla.) has said Pruitt, who was attorney general of Inhofe's home state before taking over the EPA, may need to step down.

Nonetheless, Pruitt has continued carrying out the aggressive deregulatory agenda that has caused Trump and many in the GOP to stand by him.

Friday morning, Pruitt announced that he had submitted for final White House review a proposal to restrict the waterways that get federal protection from pollution under the Clean Water Act.

--This report was updated on June 17 at 10:13 a.m.