Trump ‘not happy about certain things’ involving Pruitt

Trump ‘not happy about certain things’ involving Pruitt
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President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president 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 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.

“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 InhofeDemocrats, environmentalists blast Trump rollback of endangered species protections Bottom Line Overnight Defense: Dems talk Afghanistan, nukes at Detroit debate | Senate panel advances Hyten nomination | Iranian foreign minister hit with sanctions | Senate confirms UN ambassador 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.