Trump Not Planning to Fire EPA Chief Scott Pruitt

Frederick Owens
June 8, 2018

Scott Pruitt is a parasite you can get for free with a full tank of gas.

This week, we learned EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had a staffer contact the president of Chick-fil-A to try to land his wife, Marlyn, a franchise deal.

When The Atlantic's Elaina Plott reached out for comment from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - you know, the government organization Pruitt is running like his own personal bingo hall - EPA spokesperson Jahan Wilcox told Plott, "You have a great day, you're a piece of trash".

She spearheaded his apartment search when his lobbyist landlords soured on his continued presence in their Capitol Hill condo; booked his personal travel; and inquired with President Donald Trump's DC hotel - located across the street from EPA - about purchasing a used mattress Pruitt had heard was available.

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Whether he will or won't respond with another invective is anyone's guess, but it seems fair to assume that no one in the press should expect a Christmas card this year from the EPA. The reporter posted the video on Twitter. And on Tuesday, the Post reported that Pruitt had an EPA staffer set up a meeting to help his wife secure a Chick-fil-A franchise. Meanwhile, Trump praised Pruitt on Wednesday during a briefing on hurricane preparedness at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's headquarters. But don't worry, it's all a part of the changes that the administration is making, according to Pruitt: "There's significant changes happening across, not only at the EPA, but across this administration and it's needed". "Somebody has to say that about you a little bit, you know that, Scott". The focus of almost a dozen federal inquiries into his travel expenses, security practices and other issues, Pruitt was on the Hill to testify about his agency's FY2019 budget proposal.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said that while he wasn't sure if all the stories about Pruitt are true, the policies he's championed are well-liked by Republicans.

Greenwalt, who also served as counsel to Pruitt in his previous position as Oklahoma's attorney general, was in the news most recently when Pruitt rescinded a hefty raise for her after public criticism of his use of a little-known clause in the Safe Drinking Water Act to come up with the money.

The EPA chief is the subject of several investigations into alleged ethical lapses.

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