WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump denied Friday that he was considering replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions with embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.
Do you believe that the Fake News Media is pushing hard on a story that I am going to replace A.G. Jeff Sessions with EPA Chief Scott Pruitt, who is doing a great job but is TOTALLY under siege? Do people really believe this stuff? So much of the media is dishonest and corrupt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 6, 2018
The tweet was likely a response to a CNN report claiming that Trump was holding onto Pruitt in order to eventually tap him to lead the Justice Department.
Trump has repeatedly expressed frustration with Sessions as well as the Justice Department, oftentimes taking to Twitter to lash out at both.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017
Conversely, Trump has expressed confidence in Pruitt, despite the administrator being the subject of multiple scandals, including a revelation that he paid $50 a night to stay in a condo tied to an energy lobbyist.
“He’s a good man; he’s done a terrific job,” Trump said of Pruitt on Thursday during a brief exchange with reporters aboard Air Force One.
When asked about the troubles facing Pruitt, Trump replied that he will “take a look at it.”
“I’ll make that determination.”