"EPA is doing really, really well", Trump told Pruitt on Wednesday. "That hasn't changed. There is a bit of madness but also a bit of brilliance in how you do that".
Trump continued, "You know that, Scott".
Prior to these scandals, President Donald Trump tweeted in April that Pruitt does "a great job" and that he is "under siege" from the media. "Administrator Pruitt follows the same security protocol whether he's in his personal or official capacity", spokeswoman Kelsi Daniell said. Pruitt also deployed the aide, Millan Hupp - one of the two to receive a big raise - to scout apartments in desirable Washington neighborhoods and to help arrange a family vacation to California so the Pruitts could watch the University of Oklahoma football team play in the Rose Bowl.
The Washington Post first reported Tuesday that following outreach from an aide, Pruitt had a call with an individual in the company's legal department. Hupp and Greenwalt resigned this week, the reasons for their departures is still unclear.
Pruitt, in appearances before congressional panels this spring, has repeatedly blamed subordinates for his alleged ethical lapses.
She is the fourth senior EPA political appointee to resign in the last two months, since news first broke that Pruitt past year leased a bargain-priced Capitol Hill condo tied to an oil and gas lobbyist.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt praised fast food chain Chick-fil-A as a "franchise of faith" Wednesday amid the revelation he directed his scheduler to contact the restaurant to inquire about his wife owning a franchise.
According to a source close to Pruitt, the message being sent at the meeting was abundantly clear: "We love having Mr. Pruitt, but it's not meant for everyday use".
A spokesperson for Chick-Fil-A confirmed to ABC News that Pruitt had used his official position to lobby the company for a "business opportunity".
He did not comment directly on whether he was seeking a franchise for his wife.
"I just know there's a lot of talk of conflicts and we'll see how much the market can bear", he said.