Scott Pruitt with President Trump at the White House. Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A senior administration official tells Axios that Environmental Protection Administration chief Scott Pruitt, who handed his resignation yesterday, "ultimately lost the war of attrition":

"If the people who've been covering for him start turning on him under oath, you know you've got a problem."

Behind the scenes:

  • "Privately, people would say [to Trump] that the media was just picking on Pruitt and it was fake news. But he wouldn't really bite like he normally would."
  • "Privately, Trump would say to them things like: 'I don't know if they're trying to pick on him — he's giving them a lot to work with.'"
  • "Put it this way: He never said the words 'witch hunt' to describe what was going on with Scott Pruitt."

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Why it matters: Short is Pence's closest aide, and was one of the most powerful forces on the White House coronavirus task force.

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Why it matters: He's been an influential force in the push to oust President Nicolás Maduro's regime and a mentor to opposition leader Juan Guaidó. He'd been in the Spanish ambassador's Caracas residence since escaping house arrest in April 2019 following a failed military uprising.

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