The 45th President of the United States could care less that Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and the rest of the swamp rats are unhappy. President Trump’s obligation is to the people of the United States, not Washington insiders and establishment elites.
With pressure mounting around EPA head Scott Pruitt’s alleged financial improprieties, the Democrats have seized upon this opportunity to criticize the president. Well, y’all can cry all you want to, but it’s not going to do any good…
Here’s the scoop per Daily Caller:
Democratic lawmakers and career officials at the EPA are grasping at straws to understand why President Donald Trump is sticking by one of his most effective lieutenants.
There is a virtual civil war happening inside the EPA as negative reports about agency head Scott Pruitt continue stacking up, agency insiders claim. Capitol Hill Democrats are also not sure how to proceed as Trump dismisses calls to fire the former Oklahoma attorney general.
Their pleas come after a spate of reports painted Pruitt as a profligate spender of taxpayer money. The New York Times published a report Thursday, for instance, suggesting at least five EPA officials were placed on leave. The officials were reassigned or demoted after opposing spending requests on proposals such as a $100,000-a-month private jet membership and a bulletproof desk for the armed security officer always stationed inside the administrator’s office suite.
Pruitt also reportedly racked up nearly $90,000 in-flight expenses in June 2017. Pruitt traveled to Italy in June for meetings at the Vatican and to attend a summit with international energy ministers, CBS noted in a Feb. 13 report. The round-trip business-class flight cost at least $7,000, according to the report. Career bureaucrats at the EPA are joining in the barrage.
The atmosphere is like “a slow-motion train wreck at the moment,” one career official, who joined the EPA during the Obama-era, told Politico. “I was placing bets he’d (Pruitt) be out by the Fourth of July, but at this rate, he’ll be out by the end of the month,” another staffer said.
But any bets Pruitt is out the door soon will have to be hedged. Trump does not appear willing to jettison his top EPA guy just yet. The president voiced his support for Pruitt during a Thursday White House press gaggle, telling reporters: “I think he’s done a fantastic job. I think he’s done an incredible job.” Trump doubled down on those comments in a tweet Saturday evening, telling his followers, “Scott is doing a great job!”
Perhaps one of the main reasons for the president’s loyalty is Pruitt’s effectiveness. He successfully nixed the Clean Power Plan, convinced Trump to leave the Paris climate agreement, and more recently, crafted new, less-burdensome, greenhouse gas emission and mileage standards for vehicles to be built in 2022 through 2025.
Pruitt has almost single-handedly decommissioned former President Barack Obama’s entire environmental agenda.
While we applaud Scott Pruitt’s deregulatory finesse, some of the details about his use of taxpayer funds are troubling. We’ll leave his job security up to the president, but in the meantime, it’s always nice to see the Democrats fuming and grumbling to themselves.
Of course, if it was up to them, they’d regulate the economy out of existence!
Are you happy we’ve got a solid conservative in the White House who knows what he’s doing?