Trump praises EPA chief Pruitt under fire for ethics, spending

Trump praises EPA chief Pruitt under fire for ethics, spending

Trump praises EPA chief Pruitt under fire for ethics, spending

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before a Senate Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the proposed budget estimates and justification for FY2019 for the Environmental Protection Agency on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 16, 2018.

Pruitt a year ago had his scheduler request a meeting with Chick-fil-A chief executive Dan Cathy to discuss "a potential business opportunity", which turned out to be an opportunity for Pruitt's wife, Marlyn, to open a restaurant in the popular fast-food chain.

For the same reason, EPA staffers have said, Pruitt switched to flying first class after an individual approached him in an airport past year and used vulgar language.

On Monday, the Washington Post reported that Pruitt asked a staffer to help him purchase a discounted used mattress from the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., as well as to help Pruitt apartment hunt and arrange Pruitt's personal vacations. So, now it's part of the EPA's agenda to become involved with companies and own Chick-fil-A franchises? It was members of Pruitt's security detail who carried out the search for his preferred moisturizer.

A spokesperson for Chick-Fil-A confirmed to ABC News that Pruitt had used his official position to lobby the company for a "business opportunity".

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Despite the mounting scandals, President Donald Trump continues to stand by Pruitt and lavished praise on him today at a hurricane-preparedness briefing attended by Cabinet secretaries and agency heads.

It's starting to look like EPA Chief Scott Pruitt thought getting a spot in the White House Cabinet was akin to becoming the sultan. "Somebody has to say that about you a little bit, you know that, Scott".

Scott Pruitt is still employed by the Trump administration. But you have done - I tell you, the EPA is doing so well. He's in the trough with all four paws and snout. The staffer then worked with Chick-Fil-A to set up a call for Pruitt and the CEO because "the Administrator would like to talk about a potential business opportunity". Joni Ernst, a staunchly conservative Republican from Iowa, suggested Pruitt should resign. "They're President Trump's policies".

Pruitt is the subject of more than a dozen federal investigations into his lavish spending on travel and security, his dealings with subordinates and other matters. Hupp's departure came after lawmakers released her testimony to the congressional panel.

"According to one top EPA official", The Atlantic adds, Hupp, "was 'tired of being thrown under the bus by Pruitt, ' and weary of seeing her name constantly appear in headlines about the agency".

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