White House chief of staff John Kelly urged President Donald Trump last week to dump his embattled EPA chief — but Scott Pruitt remains on the job for now.
Kelly and other White House aides have decided Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency, had become a liability amid a widening ethics scandal, but the president isn’t ready to remove him, reported the Wall Street Journal.
Trump defended Pruitt in a tweet Friday, saying the EPA chief was doing a “great job” despite being “TOTALLY under siege.”
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? Do people really believe this stuff? So much of the media is dishonest and corrupt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 6, 2018
A White House official told the Journal that Trump wasn’t ready to fire Pruitt because he likes his deregulation measures and thinks the EPA chief is a strong advocate for his agenda.