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Trump sticks by Pruitt even after reports he met with an accused child abuser

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Scott Pruitt has already survived a ton of scandals, and President Trump is still sticking by him even now — after the latest report that Pruitt met with a Catholic cardinal who’s been accused of sexually abusing children.

On Thursday, the New York Times made public documents they’d obtained that showed that during Pruitt’s exorbitantly costly trip to Rome last June, he had dinner with George Pell, an Australian cardinal who happens to be a climate skeptic like Pruitt, to discuss televised debates on climate science. Reports surfaced a year earlier that Pell, the Vatican treasurer and third-highest-ranking member of the Catholic Church, had sexually abused children decades earlier while he was a priest in his home country of Australia.

Three weeks after Pruitt’s visit to Rome, Pell was formally charged in Australian court. Earlier this month, an Australian judge ruled that Pell would stand trial.

The EPA knew about the allegations of sexual misconduct; Pruitt met with him anyway.

Despite all this, Pruitt’s still Trump’s guy — presumably because Pruitt is aggressively pursuing Trump’s deregulatory agenda. When Trump was asked by a journalist Friday during a meeting with car industry CEOs whether he still supports Pruitt, Trump said, “Yes, I do,” and quickly dismissed reporters from the room.

Scott Pruitt has already survived a ton of scandals, and President Trump is still sticking by him even now — after the latest report that Pruitt met with a Catholic cardinal who’s been accused of sexually abusing children.

On Thursday, the New York Times made public documents they’d obtained that showed that during Pruitt’s exorbitantly costly trip to Rome last June, he had dinner with George Pell, an Australian cardinal who happens to be a climate skeptic like Pruitt, to discuss televised debates on climate science. Reports surfaced a year earlier that Pell, the Vatican treasurer and third-highest-ranking member of the Catholic Church, had sexually abused children decades earlier while he was a priest in his home country of Australia.

Three weeks after Pruitt’s visit to Rome, Pell was formally charged in Australian court. Earlier this month, an Australian judge ruled that Pell would stand trial.

The EPA knew about the allegations of sexual misconduct; Pruitt met with him anyway.

Despite all this, Pruitt’s still Trump’s guy — presumably because Pruitt is aggressively pursuing Trump’s deregulatory agenda. When Trump was asked by a journalist Friday during a meeting with

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