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Pruitt gets Trump’s tweet of approval: ‘Scott is doing a great job!’

“Rent was about market rate, travel expenses OK.,” President Donald Trump tweeted, offering his approval for some of the ethical headaches EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has faced. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Donald Trump defended embattled Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt on Saturday evening, tweeting that his Cabinet official is doing a “great job.”

“While Security spending was somewhat more than his predecessor, Scott Pruitt has received death threats because of his bold actions at EPA,” the president wrote on Twitter. “Record clean Air & Water while saving USA Billions of Dollars. Rent was about market rate, travel expenses OK. Scott is doing a great job!”

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For months, Pruitt has been the subject of unflattering headlines about his lavish spending on travel and security, and in recent days, it was revealed that the EPA head was renting a condo from a lobbyist couple. He is facing multiple EPA inspector general investigations.

Scott Pruitt is pictured. | AP Photo

POLITICO reported Friday that morale at the agency has suffered as the various scandals and leaks that feed them echo around the building.

Trump’s tweet underlines the defense many of Pruitt’s allies have made in recent days, which is that the former Oklahoma attorney general is making progress in implementing the president’s agenda at the agency through proposed rollbacks of Obama-era rules and the exit of the Paris Climate Accord.

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