Pruitt listened to her quietly and thanked her when she finished, EPA spokesman Lincoln Ferguson said.
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2018...on Monday assume duties as the acting Administrator of the EPA.
Last month, while praising Pruitt's "fantastic job" at the EPA, the president admitted, "I'm not happy about certain things, I'll be honest". Pruitt and his activities have been the subject of numerous investigations by the EPA's inspector general, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Government Accountability Office, the White House Office of Management and Budget, and the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. "I had to say something".
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Pruitt also raised eyebrows by allegedly ordering his aides to search for a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel near the White House. The good news that Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist and the EPA's deputy director, would be taking over as acting administrator. In June, he told the Washington Examiner that he liked his current job and did not want to run the EPA.
His replacement, a former coal lobbyist who is likely to pursue the same regulatory rollback agenda as Pruitt, may not clean up the EPA's act and instead might find himself involved with "corporate cronyism", said Wegmann.
Mink said she had her son with her in part because he was being fussy, but in part because he wanted Pruitt to look into his eyes. "But Mr. Pruitt's brazen abuse of his position for his own personal gain has been absolutely astounding, rivaled only by the silence of far too many in Congress and in the White House who allowed Mr. Pruitt's unethical, and at times, possibly illegal behavior to go unchecked", the DE senator said in a lengthy statement.
"Facts are facts, fiction is fiction and a lie doesn't become true just because it appears on the front page of the newspaper", Pruitt said.
Pruitt also was recently confronted at a DC restaurant by a woman who asked him to resign. "He's literally sacrificing the air, the water, the coastal communities, the natural resources that all our children are going to inherit, and he should have to think about that".