Trump Is Said to Tell Embattled EPA Chief ‘We’ve Got Your Back’ (1)

April 3, 2018, 2:09 PMUpdated: April 3, 2018, 7:47 PM

President Donald Trump called his embattled environmental chief April 2 to assure him his job is safe amid mounting scrutiny of Scott Pruitt’s travel, hiring practices, and an unorthodox condo rental arrangement last year, according to two administration officials.

The president told Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, to “keep your head up” and “keep fighting,” because the White House has “got your back,” said one of the officials, who asked not to be identified discussing personnel matters. That message was reinforced by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly in a telephone call to Pruitt on April ...

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