White House Chief of Staff Urges Trump to Remove EPA Chief Pruitt

April 06, 2018

By Peter Nicholas –

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told President Donald Trump last week that he is convinced Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt needs to step down after a series of negative reports about his spending habits and management style, a White House official said Friday.

Though Mr. Kelly and other White House aides have concluded Mr. Pruitt should leave, the president is not ready to fire him, the official said. Mr. Trump welcomes the deregulatory measures taken by Mr. Pruitt and also values him as a strong advocate for the president’s agenda, this person said.

The president, in a tweet Friday, said Mr. Pruitt is doing “a great job,” adding that he is “TOTALLY under siege.”

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