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Trump Told Embattled EPA Chief ‘We’ve Got Your Back,’ Official Says

  • Pruitt faces criticism over condo rented from lobbyist’s wife
  • Lawmakers seek information on Pruitt’s housing arrangement
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President Donald Trump called his embattled environmental chief Monday 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 Tuesday morning.