Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt was kicked out of the apartment that has become a focal point of controversy for President Donald Trump’s official, Politico reported.
Steve Hart, an energy lobbyist, and his wife, Vicki, rented Pruitt a bedroom in their Capitol Hill condominium for a reduced market rate of $50 a night. The Harts offered Pruitt a six-week living arrangement at the condominium while he was making his transition from Oklahoma to Washington, D.C.
The couple reportedly established a leasing agreement with the $50 a night rate that would run from February through April 2017. The Hart’s became increasingly frustrated with Pruitt for overstaying his welcome and requesting an extension on a number of occasions. Ultimately, the couple decided to force him out and change the locks. Steve and Vicki needed Pruitt to leave to open the room up for another tenant, The Harts reportedly told him in July 2017.
Pruitt is currently embattled in two other scandals: misusing taxpayer dollars for travel purchases and giving two of his staffers pay raises against White House orders.
Trump still has full faith in Pruitt and has yet to make a final determination on reports the director abused his position, the president 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.
“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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