Liberals don't really care about Pruitt's ethics
Scott Pruitt is under fire, but he's gotten the Trump agenda done at the EPA, writes Scott Jennings. Trump needs him, no matter what the liberal outrage machine says.EPA Chief Scott Pruitt's fate is up in the air after a series of ethics allegations began swirling in the media. The latest parlor game is guessing if and when Pruitt might get the ax from President Donald Trump, having committed the sin of bringing embarrassment to the administration. Pruitt, no stranger to controversy, is now under fire for his decision to rent a room in the nation's capital from the family of an energy lobbyist.
Allies of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt have a stark message for President Trump -- remove Pruitt and your agenda will come to a grinding halt . Trump and Pruitt have enjoyed a close working relationship. Trump called Pruitt on Monday to tell him “we’ve got your back,” but since then the
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Allies of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt have a stark message for President Donald Trump: Remove Pruitt and your agenda will come to a grinding halt, emboldening your opponents.
Democrats and environmental activists are increasingly calling for Pruitt’s removal over mounting ethics concerns, including his previous living arrangement and giving employees raises over White House objections.
Trump floated replacing Sessions with Pruitt this week
President Donald Trump floated replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions with Scott Pruitt as recently as this week, even as the scandal-ridden head of the Environmental Protection Agency has faced a growing list of negative headlines, according to people close to the President. "He was 100% still trying to protect Pruitt because Pruitt is his fill-in for Sessions," one source familiar with Trump's thinking told CNN.
Allies of Mr. Pruitt say he is justified in his measures to ramp up his secrecy and physical protection, given that his agenda and politics clash so fiercely with He has terminated a decades-long practice of publicly posting his appointments calendar and that of all the top agency aides, and he has evaded
Pruitt repeatedly refused to say whether Trump – who has expressed climate scepticism numerous times – accepted the mainstream science of climate There was a climate conference in Atlanta last month and EPA employees were told not to go, so even simple interactions are coming to an end.”
Trump and Pruitt have enjoyed a close working relationship. Trump called Pruitt on Monday to tell him “we’ve got your back,” but since then the White House said Trump is “not” okay with the administrator’s short-term lease with the wife of a D.C. lobbyist.
“We’re reviewing the situation. When we have had a chance to have a deeper dive on it, we’ll let you know the outcomes of that,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sandersreporters on Wednesday. Axios Trump has his “finger in the wind” on the matter.
But conservatives are rallying to Pruitt’s defense, pointing out that, should he leave EPA, Trump’s deregulatory agenda would grind to a halt — playing into the hands of anti-Trumpers.
“That is really what would happen if Pruitt was asked to leave,” Tom Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. Pyle headed Trump’s Energy Department transition team in 2016.
Trump denies he is considering replacing Sessions with Pruitt
President Trump on Friday denied reports that he is considering replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions with embattled Scott Pruitt, whom he said is "doing a great job."In a tweet, the president lashed out at the media for "pushing hard on a story" that he had considered replacing his attorney general with his embattled EPA chief.
Trump 's planned EPA cuts will hit America's most vulnerable | Mustafa Santiago Ali . Climate change progress at Trump 's EPA is grinding to a halt , workers reveal. Pruitt has vowed to make conditions more favorable for oil, gas and coal companies.
She had come to see Trump Tower, and though Trump Tower is a mass of black glass and steel not far from Central Park, but since last week it has become New York’s White House-in-waiting. He screamed intermittently at the crowd, some of whom fired back. “If a black guy says Trump is good
“It would take months for the Senate to confirm somebody, and whoever they confirm would be more like Christine Todd Whitman than Pruitt,” said Pyle, referring to the former New Jersey governor and EPA chief under President George W. Bush.
“It’d be like removing your star wide receiver in the middle of the game. It would slow down the process and make it harder for the administration to achieve their objectives,” Pyle said.
Pruitt has aggressively rolled back Obama administration EPA regulations, including the Clean Power Plan and Waters of the U.S. rule. EPA’s year-in-reviewclaimed up to $1 billion in regulations were repealed in Pruitt’s first year.
Conservative pundits also came to Pruitt’s, pointing out the administrator’s success in rolling back regulations and reforming EPA science policies make him a prime target for Democrats.
“Scott Pruitt and his team are doing an outstanding job implementing President Trump’s ambitious de-regulatory agenda, which is designed to restore robust growth to resource and energy-intensive manufacturing industries that have been stagnant for the past decade,” said Myron Ebell, director of energy and global warming policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
Kelly wants Trump to remove Pruitt: report
White House chief of staff John Kelly has told President Trump that he thinks Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has to go, The Wall Street Journal reported.But despite Kelly's conclusion — and that of other White House aides — that Pruitt's recent scandals should push him out of the Trump administration, the president doesn't want to fire him, the Journal said Friday, citing a White House official.
WASHINGTON — When President Trump chose the Oklahoma attorney general, Scott Pruitt , to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, his In his first weeks on the job, Mr. Pruitt drew glowing praise from foes of Mr. Obama’s agenda against global warming, as he moved to roll back its centerpiece
As Scott Pruitt fights criticism over luxury spending, questionable pay raises and a lobbyist-linked condo, staffers faced a brutal week.
Should Pruitt be removed, he has no Trump-appointed successor in place. Andrew Wheeler, the nominee to be Pruitt’s number two, still awaits Senate approval, and the career official acting in Wheeler’s place is also set to retire.
“You’d have a caretaker who’d be less emboldened to unwind the previous president’s climate power grab,” Pyle said.
Ebell said Pruitt’s departure would “definitely slow down the progress being made” on clawing back Obama-era climate and energy regulations.
“That’s why I don’t think Scott Pruitt is going anywhere,” Ebell told TheDCNF. Ebell headed Trump’s EPA transition team in 2016.
However, news reports suggest more negative headlines could change Trump’s mind about Pruitt. Pruitt opponents in the White House and the bureaucracy suggest more negative stories are coming.
Democrats and activists behind the “Boot Pruitt” campaign are just getting started. They will file more records requests and work with EPA employees to push any negative news about the former Oklahoma attorney general.
“The environmental movement in total is all in for the removal of Scott Pruitt,” Lukas Ross, a campaigner at Friends of the Earth,Bloomberg. “I think you are going to see escalating pressure in the coming days, especially on the Senate side, to get members to commit publicly that Pruitt should be fired.”
Bloomberg reports that environmentalists “are scouring Pruitt’s real estate transactions, records from his time as Oklahoma’s attorney general and documentation of his travel for any tantalizing detail.”
“What is clearly taking place is a smear campaign by the environmental left and mainstream media, in part,” said Pyle.
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House panel investigating Pruitt's condo rental .
A U.S. congressional panel is investigating Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's use of a condominium tied to an energy lobbyist, a House Republican aide said on Saturday. The House of Representatives Oversight Committee, chaired by Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, has begun looking into Pruitt's housing arrangements, according to the aide, who was not authorized to speak publicly.The EPA had no immediate comment.The panel's probe adds to the pressure on Pruitt, a vocal critic of mainstream climate change science who sued the EPA more than a dozen times when he was Oklahoma's attorney general.