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White House turns up the heat on EPA chief

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is the latest Trump appointee to be looking vulnerable following repeated claims that he has violated federal ethics rules.

Pruitt, who rarely does media interviews, appeared on Fox News on 4 April after press reports that he has been renting an apartment from the partner of an energy lobbyist, that he travels in first class and that his department has given generous pay rises to two of his staff, against White House advice.

He told the news channel he was unaware of the pay rises, which he said he would reverse. Pruitt also described the apartment rental as “an AirBnB situation”. The stories, he said, came about because the left was out to get him.

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