VideoCast with CNN: Amid His Chaos, Donald Trump Keeps Scott Pruitt — Why?

Donald Trump and Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt (File)

I joined Natalie Allen of CNN International on Sunday morning to why explain why Donald Trump is hanging on to Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, despite (or because of) Pruitt’s gutting of the agency and multiple claims of ethical violence and spending irregularities.

The discussion explains how Pruitt’s retention has to be seen in a Trump style, modelled on his business approach, which welcomes in-fighting and even chaos and turns upon Trump’s personal like or dislike of an advisor.

Oh, and there’s the small matter that — amid the Trump-Russia investigation — Trump wants to keep Pruitt as a replacement for Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The question is now: if Scott Pruitt is being protected, is Chief of Staff John Kelly being undercut because he may have to go?

Watch from 1:35:

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


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