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Politics Teacher Confronts EPA Head Scott Pruitt

16:51  03 july  2018
16:51  03 july  2018 Source:   newsweek.com

Woman confronts Pruitt at restaurant, tells him to resign

  Woman confronts Pruitt at restaurant, tells him to resign A woman publicly confronted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt while he was eating lunch on Monday and urged him to resign, according to video posted on Facebook. "EPA head Scott Pruitt was 3 tables away as I ate lunch with my child. I had to say something," Kristin Mink posted on Facebook with an accompanying video of her encounter with Pruitt.Minka, who is a schoolteacher according to her Facebook profile, lists off multiple scandals Pruitt has been ensnared in since becoming EPA chief, including the rental of a Capitol Hill condo owned by the wife of an influential lobbyist.

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A woman confronted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt in a Washington, D.C. restaurant on Monday in the latest public confrontation between a member of the public and a Trump administration official.

Teacher Kristin Mink posted the video of the incident on Facebook Monday. While holding her young son, she accuses Pruitt of climate change denial and urges him to resign.

"We deserve to have someone at the EPA who actually does protect our environment; someone who actually does believe in climate change and actually takes it seriously for the benefit of all of us, including our children," Mink said.

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"So, I would urge you to resign before your scandals push you out," she added.

In the video, Pruitt listens silently as the woman berates him.

a man wearing a suit and tie © Provided by IBT Media In an interview with the New York Post, Mink, a 33-year-old mother from Silver Spring, Maryland, said that she saw Pruitt sitting three tables away as she ate lunch with her family in Washington, D.C.'s Teaism restaurant.

“He had no response, he had no defense, he had no apology, he did no explaining, he did no denying,” she said of Pruitt.

"I had to say something. This man is directly and significantly harming my child’s — and every child’s — health and future," she tweeted Monday.

She said that Pruitt and his lunch companion left the restaurant shortly after the confrontation.

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A Washington-area teacher confronted Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt while he was eating lunch on Monday, and things got uncomfortable. In the accompanying text to her post, Mink says: “ EPA head Scott Pruitt was 3 tables away as I ate lunch with my child.

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Pruitt’s spokeswoman in a statement to the Post said the administrator welcomes input from members of the public.

“Administrator Pruitt always welcomes input from Americans, whether they agree or disagree with the decisions being made at EPA. This is evident by him listening to her comments and going on to thank her, which is not shown in the video,” EPA spokesman Lincoln Ferguson said.

“His leaving had nothing to do with the confrontation, he had simply finished his meal and needed to get back to the EPA for a briefing.”

Pruitt has been embroiled in a series of controversies since being appointed to lead the agency in 2017, with CNN reporting Monday that he had kept “secret” calendars to shield controversial meetings with industry representatives from public scrutiny.

In recent weeks activists and members of the public have confronted Trump administration officials in public, with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and White House adviser Stephen Miller heckled in restaurants at the height of controversy over the child separation policy.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was thrown out of a Lexington, Virginia, restaurant over her defense of the policy.

EPA watchdog to continue Pruitt probes .
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) internal watchdog will continue work on at least five of its ongoing probes involving former Administrator Scott Pruitt.Kentia Elbaum, a spokeswoman for the EPA's Office of the Inspector General (OIG), said Thursday that five closely watched probes that the office has publicly announced involving Pruitt and his close aides will carry on despite Pruitt's resignation last week. The list appears to include all of the known ongoing audits.The OIG doesn't disclose ongoing criminal investigations, but Elbaum said any such probes involving Pruitt will continue as well.

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