(National Sentinel) Sticking: Democrats and Deep State bureaucrats at the Environmental Protection Agency are becoming increasingly angry over President Donald J. Trump’s refusal to fire administrator Scott Pruitt amid negative reports.
Pruitt, Oklahoma’s former attorney general who is one of the president’s most loyal and effective agency chiefs, has been accuse of “unethical” “abusive” behavior while serving to carry out Trump’s agenda of sacking costly and unnecessary Obama-era environmental rules.
That’s likely why Democrats are attacking him so relentlessly, say Republicans and supporters of the president.
Nevertheless, Democratic attacks are increasing.
“Scott Pruitt’s unethical behavior, wasteful use of taxpayer money, and his efforts to undermine the EPA’s core mission to protect our environmental and public health demand an appropriate response: his resignation or his firing,” a coalition of 64 Democratic representatives wrote in a letter Friday to the president.
The letter comes amid reports that Pruitt is a profligate spender of taxpayer resources.
The New York Times published a report last week suggesting that at least five EPA officials have been placed on leave.
The officers were either reassigned or demoted after opposing spending requests on proposals like a $100,000-a-month private jet membership and a bulletproof desk for the armed security officer who is always inside the administrator’s office suite.
Also, Pruitt reportedly spent some $90,000 in flight expenses in June 2017 as he traveled to Italy for meetings at the Vatican and to attend a summit with international energy ministers.
The round-trip business-class flight reportedly cost $7,000, according to reports.
Now career EPA officials are joining in the fray.
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.
“It definitely seems like there’s some backstabbing going on,” one political appointee, who joined the agency in 2017 after Pruitt became administrator, told Politico Friday about the atmosphere at EPA headquarters. “Everybody is out for themselves right now.”
Others inside the agency told Politico they are concerned about all the leaks coming out of the agency, most of which are attributed to anonymous sources.
Critics say that sounds a lot like the so-called leaks coming out of the White House and Deep State early in Trump’s presidency that turned out to be false.
But calls for Pruitt’s dismissal do not seem to be swaying the president. He told a press gaggle on Thursday, “I think he’s done a fantastic job. I think he’s done an incredible job.”
The president doubled down on those comments in a tweet Saturday evening, telling his followers, “Scott is doing a great job!”