President Donald Trump on Friday voiced fresh support for his embattled Environmental Protection Agency chief, Scott Pruitt, saying he is doing a "great job," while blasting reports that he's considering replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions with Pruitt.
“Do you believe that the Fake News Media is pushing hard on a story that I am going to replace A.G. Jeff Sessions with EPA Chief Scott Pruitt, who is doing a great job but is TOTALLY under siege?” the president wrote. “Do people really believe this stuff? So much of the media is dishonest and corrupt!”
According to a CNN report, Trump floated replacing Sessions atop the EPA with Pruitt, even as the agency chief battles deepening ethics scandals over his lavish travel habits, security costs and coziness with lobbyists.
The president on Thursday praised Pruitt for doing a “fantastic job” at the agency, telling reporters he still had confidence the Cabinet member.
White House officials said this week Trump is pleased with Pruitt's efforts to roll back environmental regulations at the agency, but some said Trump and other other West Wing aides are getting increasingly frustrated with Pruitt's series of scandals.