DC government joins Scott Pruitt pile on, issues citation to landlord

Casey Dawson
April 7, 2018

Pruitt moved to Lexington as a boy. CNN also reported that the President continued to defend Pruitt because he has considered him as a replacement for another top official Trump has criticized: Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Pruitt has come under fire for his spending, expensive travel habits, and security measures.

But according to two administration officials, he also fought for his job in his meeting with the president.

President Donald Trump said he still has confidence in his embattled Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt after yet another day of scandals, and according to a Wall Street Journal source, is defying White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's advice that Pruitt should step down.

Among Pruitt's supporters is Kentucky Gov.

Pruitt's chief of staff, Ryan Jackson, a climate change skeptic like his boss, also enquired Pruitt about his lavish spending. According to the EPA, Lisa Jackson, the Administrator from 2009 to 2013, spent more than $332,000 on four worldwide trips; one trip to China cost $155,000. Some of the expenditures required approval by state officials and not all of them were granted.

The five officials and Jackson have declined to comment on why they were removed or displaced by the EPA or Pruitt's alarming spending.

While Pruitt has suggested he has faced criticism for his actions because Democrats are seeking to undermine him, the friction between him and Chmielewski suggests a broader concern.

"Brilliant, a natural leader, an off-the-charts-talented guy".

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While it was once common practice for him to listen in on numerous President's calls, Kelly was not part of the call Trump made to Russian President Vladimir Putin last month.

"I think he's done an incredible job", Trump told reporters on Air Force One, Thursday.

Mr. Trump on Thursday called Pruitt "very courageous" and praised his accomplishments at the EPA.

"I think he's done a fantastic job at EPA. You should know better than that and should be smarter than that".

"What they gave me was not the full picture".

"Americans are fed up with Scott Pruitt".

Amid the ethics cloud, one of Pruitt's closest aides has resigned.

"Nobody aside from the president has the authority to rent and fireplace members of his cupboard, it is a resolution that he'll make and proper now, and proper now I haven't got any personnel bulletins", Sanders stated.

However, the White House's Stance on the controversy surrounding Pruitt is a little different. In those interviews, he has cried foul about a flurry of media reports about his regular first-class travel, his use of an obscure administrative provision to increase the salaries of two favored aides (over White House objections) and his below-market rental agreement for accommodations in Washington with the wife of an energy lobbyist whose clients won favorable treatment from the E.P.A.

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