White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was pressed Wednesday on whether or not President Donald Trump still backed embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt amid swirling alleged ethical violations.
“The president promised to drain the swamp, [Pruitt’s] behavior, his actions seem very swamp-like — why is the president ok with this?” a reporter asked Sanders during Wednesday’s press briefing. “The president’s not,” Sanders replied. “We’re reviewing the situation, when we have had the chance to have a deeper dive on it we’ll let you know.”
Sanders was then asked if amid the conversions Trump still had confidence in his EPA chief. “The president thinks that he’s done a good job, particularly on the deregulation front,” Sanders said, avoiding weighing in on where Trump currently stands regarding Pruitt.
“Again, we take this seriously and we’re looking into it.”
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Sanders also confirmed that the president and Pruitt spoke recently but when asked why the conversation took place she replied: “Becuase he works for the president. It’s pretty routine that the president would speak to members of his staff and cabinet.”
The White House’s comments follow the administrator pushing back on Wednesday amid controversy surrounding two of his staff members receiving significant pay raises.
Pruitt denied ordering the raises himself, telling Fox News: “My staff and I found out about it yesterday and I changed it.”
“I found out this yesterday and I corrected the action and we are in the process of finding out how it took place and correcting it.”