EPA head laughs off Chick-fil-A questions; senior aide quits

09 June, 2018, 23:05 | Author: Carlos George
  • Pruitt had aide look into Chick-fil-A franchise opportunity for his wife report

Scott Pruitt commented Wednesday on his recent Chick-fil-A business venture, stating, "with great change comes great opposition" when referring to the "changes" he's making at the Environmental Protection Agency. "Sarah Greenwalt, a senior counselor to Pruitt, and Millan Hupp, who worked as Pruitt's scheduling director, both resigned on Wednesday". Hupp's departure came after lawmakers released her testimony to the congressional panel, in which she said Pruitt had directed her to house-hunt and carry out other personal errands for him, including asking the Trump International Hotel about buying a used mattress cheap.

President Donald Trump: "Administrator Scott Pruitt, thank you, Scott, very much". You know that, Scott.

The protective detail cost taxpayers almost $3.5 million during Pruitt's first year on the job, according to EPA data, and is roughly triple the size of those of his immediate predecessors.

Late last month, the federal agency blocked reporters from several news outlets from attending a national summit where Pruitt was speaking.

GOP members of Congress have largely followed Trump's lead in sticking by Pruitt, though there were increasing signs cracks are developing in that support.

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Greenwalt faced scrutiny after she received a stunning 52 percent raise earlier this year before the EPA reversed it amid pushback from the White House.

Other recently disclosed examples of Pruitt seeking special treatment include his repeated use of first-class air travel, luxury hotel suits and directing his security staff to use lights and sirens to speed through Washington traffic to dinner reservations.

Earlier Wednesday, Pruitt laughed when asked about new reports that he used his position as an agency head to try to get a Chick-fil-A franchise for his wife.

"I mean, look, my wife is an entrepreneur herself".

A Chick-fil-A representative told The Washington Post that Pruitt was interested in his wife becoming a franchise owner, but that she didn't complete the application. He said more are needed in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and around the country. There's vital adjustments taking place not exclusively on the EPA however throughout the administration and it is wanted", Pruitt informed a reporter from Nextstar TV in Washington D.C. "Look, My spouse is an entrepreneur herself, I like, she loves, we love Chick-fil-A as a franchise of religion and it is among the finest within the nation and that is one thing we have been very enthusiastic about and we want extra of them in Tulsa and we want extra of them throughout the nation.

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