President Trump asserted during remarks at the White House about tax reform Thursday that while “it may not look like it,” his administration is following through on his pledge to “drain the swamp.”
“From the day I took the oath of office, I’ve been fighting to drain the swamp, and sometimes it may not look like it, but believe me we are draining the swamp,” Trump said.
“And there are a lot of unhappy people,” he continued. “You can see that every day. All you have to do is turn on the news. Every time you see me hit, you know that I’m draining the swamp. And people don’t like it.”
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly vowed that he would “drain the swamp.”
His latest remarks come as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is facing multiple ethics scandals.
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Pruitt is facing probes and pressure to resign over reports he rented a Capitol Hill condo from the wife of a prominent energy lobbyist for $50 a day only on the days he stayed at the condo.
Meanwhile, it was revealed his travel and security habits have cost taxpayers millions of dollars, and that he reportedly approved raises for two staffers despite the White House rejecting the requests for pay increases.
Last month, Trump’s former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was ousted following an inspector general report that found he misused taxpayer funds during a trip to Europe.
Last year, Trump’s former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was ousted following reports that found he used private jet and military aircraft for government business, costing taxpayers more than $1 million.