WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Trump and his Environmental Protection Agency chief, Scott Pruitt (all times local):
The White House is conducting a review of ethical questions surrounding Scott Pruitt, the head of Environmental Protection Agency.
But press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday the president believes Pruitt has “done a good job at … carrying out the goals of the EPA.”
A senior White House official adds that Trump was unwilling to fire Pruitt, though Pruitt has lost support of many in the West Wing. The official was not authorized to discuss personnel matters and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Pruitt has come under scrutiny for the cheap rental rate he received on a condo connected to a fossil fuels industry lobbyist as well as his travel and big raises for two aides.
But Pruitt has support from a number of influential conservatives lobbying Trump to keep him on.
—By Jonathan Lemire
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says the president’s Environmental Protection Agency administrator must go.
Pelosi says Scott Pruitt’s tenure has been “part of the Trump administration’s culture of corruption, cronyism and incompetence.” The top Democrat says in a statement, “Pruitt must resign.”
Pruitt is under fire for, among other things, news that he was living in a Capitol Hill condo owned by the wife of a lobbyist for the fossil fuel industry, and the big pay hikes that two top aides were given. He has denied knowing about the pay raises and says he did nothing wrong.
President Donald Trump told reporters Thursday he has faith in Pruitt but is reviewing the situation. Administration aides say it’s unclear how long Pruitt can stay on the job.