Pruitt defends job at meeting with Trump

Sunday, 08 Apr, 2018

In a tweet Friday, Trump voiced his support for Pruitt, saying he was "doing a great job". Pruitt, who is said to still enjoy the support of President Trump, has worked consistently to block any new regulations on the energy and manufacturing industries and to roll back any previous regulations that may impose on their ability to profit off the destruction of the environment. "The president feels that the administrator has done a good job at EPA".

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt's concern with his safety came at a steep cost to taxpayers as his swollen security detail blew through overtime budgets and at times diverted officers away from investigating environmental crimes.

However in March, " a Study in the Washington Free of Charge Beacon claimed that EPA appointees of President Barackobama had expenses which matched or surpassed Pruitt's. Part of this is to make certain no environmental considerations stand in the way of building Trump's wall on the border with Mexico, if that ever happens. According to a recent New York Times report, expenditures on the plan to convert a broom closet into a custom-built private phone booth were originally planned for "about $10,000" but ended up costing $43,000. The group also is recruiting conservative voices to join the cause, with a Twitter campaign urging supporters to call the White House switchboard with endorsements of the EPA chief. That same month Pruitt attempted to delay implementation of a new rule regarding methane leaks after meeting with 45 representatives of the American Petroleum Institute at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. It was only two months ago that Trump was musing privately about replacing Kelly in the aftermath of the scandal surrounding Rob Porter, his staff secretary, who resigned under pressure after it emerged that he had faced allegations of spousal abuse by two former wives.

But Trump regards Pruitt warmly, and - for now - has continued to back him.

"I think he's done an incredible job". Jim DeMint and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins - backed Pruitt in a letter by detailing "actions he has taken to implement President Trump's deregulatory agenda". Although the couple ultimately got their money from him, he apparently refused to leave, prompting Vicki and Steve Hart - an energy lobbyist representing firms that Pruitt's EPA would legislate - to change the locks once they got their squatter to leave the premises. The EPA later reimbursed the property owners $2,460 for damages.

The EPA's top ethics officer said last week that based on a narrow review of just the lease terms, the bedroom was rented for a fair "market value" and therefore the arrangement did not constitute a violation of federal gift bans for government employees.

The ethics office ruled that Pruitt's condo rental did not violate the agency's rules. But that official said in a report obtained by CNN that he was not given all of the facts when making that determination. "Is "draining the swamp" renting an apartment from a Washington lobbyist?" Asked what he thought about it on Thursday on Air Force One, he paused, smiled wryly, and said: "It's an interesting interview".

With dozens of Democrats and three Republicans in Congress now calling for Pruitt's ouster, the EPA chief this week stated in an interview that an govt order is coming to vary how his company regulates air air pollution like ozone and particulate matter below nationwide air-quality requirements. An official told the AP that the intense protection is necessary because Pruitt has attracted so many death threats, but there are no records of any investigations into threats against him and the agency provided none when the AP requested them.