Pruitt Next To Get Pink-Slipped?

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

The Hill reports, the Trump administration’s busy chopping block is once again on stand-by:

Two Florida GOP lawmakers on Tuesday called for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to either resign or be fired by President Trump.

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) appeared to be the first Republican lawmaker to publicly request Pruitt’s dismissal. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) echoed his call shortly after.

In a Tuesday afternoon tweet, Curbello said Pruitt’s “corruption scandals are an embarrassment to the Administration, and his conduct is grossly disrespectful to American taxpayers.”

“It’s time for him to resign or for [Trump] to dismiss him.”

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s latest strategy for beating the high cost of living reportedly involves the rental of a condo in Washington, D.C. for the decidedly sub-market rate of $50 a night. The condo just happens to be owned by the spouse of J. Steven Hart, the chairman of big-time energy lobbying firm Williams & Jensen. Especially for an administration that won office on the promise to “drain the swamp,” it’s about as swampy as arrangement as can be had.

And it’s just the latest in a series of ethical missteps for Pruitt, which included a taxpayer-funded junket to Colorado to record an ad for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in support of repealing Clean Water Act rules. Pruitt also chartered a costly private flight to Durango that he didn’t need, since Gov. John Hickenlooper was headed there in his executive Beech King Air and had offered Pruitt a seat.

In Donald Trump’s White House, the only unforgivable sin appears to be making the boss look bad. By that measure, Pruitt has got to be reaching the threshold for being put out to pasture. Replacing Pruitt is almost certain to be the environmental policy equivalent of John Bolton as national security adviser, meaning you’ll be wishing for Pruitt soon enough.

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  1. Davie says:

    Trump reiterated his support for Pruitt, so that's the ultimate beso de muerte

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    It’s getting so it’s almost impossible trying to find good, reliable, obsequious grifter toadies these days . . . 

    • Davie says:

      Trump wanted Pruitt in the job to wreak destruction upon the EPA.  He, of course, didn't realize that Pruitt isn't very discriminating about whom he gives the shaft.

      Since Pruitt has made a lot of enemies in the White House (all the while shamelessly promoting himself as AG Session's would-be successor), it seems this will come down to a match between narcissistic megalomaniacs, which of course Pruitt will lose.

    • notaskinnycook says:

      Oops! There it was, right in the sub-head on the Atlantic link davebarnes posted: embattled. 

      Bye-bye, Scotty

  3. slavdude says:

    Oh, yes, please.  Followed by Zinke and then by the rest of the clownshow.

  4. mamajama55 says:

    I predict that when Pruitt is shown the door,  Patrick Davis, who is already a "Senior Advisor in charge of public engagement" of the Western EPA, will be elevated to the EPA chief position.

    Davis is not at all qualified to administrate an environmental agency; however, he has the requisites for a Trump cabinet – loyalty to Trump, easy morals and greed.

    Davis was the Colorado Trump campaign deputy chief.

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