Trump denies wanting to swap Sessions for Pruitt

Trump denies wanting to swap Sessions for Pruitt

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during House hearing, Photo by Doug Christian
Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during House hearing, Photo by Doug Christian

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump denied Friday that he was considering replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions with embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.

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.

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.”

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