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Trump Makes It Clear He Supports Pruitt, Isn’t Considering Immediate Action

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter

President Donald Trump still has full faith in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director Scott Pruitt and has yet to make a final determination on reports the director abused his position, he told reporters Thursday.

“I think he’s done a fantastic job. I think he’s done an incredible job. He’s been very courageous. It hasn’t been easy, but I think he’s done a fantastic job,” the president said Thursday.

Pruitt is accused of misusing taxpayer dollars for travel purchases, giving two of his staffers pay raises against White House orders, and striking a controversial deal with an energy lobbyist to pay a lower renting fee than those typically charged in D.C.’s marketplace. Trump hasn’t looked at the allegations but is confident in Pruitt, who he claims is a “good man” who is doing a “terrific job,” the president said to reporters.

“I have to look at them,” Trump said in response to questions as to whether or not he is upset about the Pruitt reports. “I’ll make that determination. But he’s a good man; he’s done a terrific job. But I’ll take a look at it.”

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