EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says there needs to be more Chick-fil-A locations across the country, specifically in Tulsa. His comments follow reports he used government resources to look into his wife opening a Chick-fil-A franchise.
The former Oklahoma Attorney General says he and his wife "love" Chick-fil-A, calling it one of the best franchises in the country.
Pruitt is accused of having an agency staffer to reach out to Chick-fil-A, while using government email, about a potential business opportunity for his wife.
Pruitt told Nexstar Media Group reporter Jessica Smith Wednesday his wife is an entrepreneur. He also specifically said the Tulsa area needs more Chick-fil-A locations.
Chick-fil-A representative Carrie Kurlander told The Washington Post, which first reported the story, that Pruitt had been interested in his wife becoming a franchise owner.
"Administrator Pruitt's wife started, but did not complete, the Chick-fil-A franchisee application," the Post quoted her as saying.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders says the White House is "addressing" concerns about Pruitt's activity as the head of the EPA.