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Trump Resists Mounting Pressure To Fire Scandal-Struck EPA Chief Scott Pruitt

08 April, 2018, 01:19 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Pruitt's lease on the Capitol Hill unit required him to only pay for the nights he occupied the apartment

The prior head of Pruitt's security detail, Eric Weese, was demoted previous year after he refused Pruitt's demand to use the lights and sirens on his government-owned SUV to get him through Washington traffic to the airport and dinner reservations.

The EPA official also said there were legitimate concerns about Pruitt's safety, given public opposition to his rollbacks of anti-pollution measures.

The posters are in reference to one of several scandals plaguing Pruitt- that he improperly rented a luxury condo on Capitol Hill for just $50 per night. The news was first reported by ABC News, which also reported that the townhouse is co-owned by Vicki Hart, the health care lobbyist wife of J. Steven Hart, an energy lobbyist.

Pruitt was accompanied by nine aides and a security detail during a trip to Italy in June that cost more than $120,000. Two month earlier, in December, Pruitt and members of his staff spent roughly $40,000 in taxpayer funds to fly to Morocco to help encourage the country to import liquefied natural gas from the United States. Pruitt visited the White House to discuss his agency's recent steps to roll back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards for cars, but he also fought for his job in his meeting with the president, according to two administration officials.

In an interview with Fox News Wednesday, Pruitt justified the condo arrangement, saying it was "like an Airbnb situation" and that he did not do anything improper.

She said the White House, which has been conducting an internal investigation into Pruitt's conduct, was "continuing to review any of the concerns that we have".

"I think he's done an incredible job".

"Americans are fed up with Scott Pruitt. And they love Scott Pruitt".

Perrotta signed off on new procedures that let Pruitt fly first-class on commercial airliners, with the security chief typically sitting next to him with other security staff farther back on the plane.

However, that official told The Wall Street Journal, Trump is not ready to remove him given Pruitt's success in pushing the president's deregulatory agenda.

Whereas sources inform ABC Information that many administration officers consider Pruitt ought to exit, together with chief of workers John Kelly, different sources insist the president is standing by him for now.

A report from The Associated Press says Pruitt had a full-time security detail and that his employees blew through their overtime so quickly that many hit annual salary caps of about $160,000.

Top Republican aides tell CNN that if Trump chose to fire Pruitt it would be extremely hard to confirm another conservative EPA administrator to continue carrying out the deregulation agenda he has set in motion during his tenure. "Pruitt must resign", Pelosi said in a statement, adding that he "has displayed a staggering ethical blindness".

At least three congressional Republicans and a chorus of Democrats have called for Pruitt's ouster. Elise Stefanik, of NY, and Carlos Curbelo and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, both of Florida - have also called on Pruitt to resign.


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