President Donald Trump took to his Twitter account to ridicule the ridiculous slew of negative media coverage about his Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt. Nominated by Trump in February, the conservative attorney has received a lot of criticism for his denial of anthropocentric global warming.
The word on the street is that the recent criticisms lobbied at Pruitt are the direct result of a concerted media campaign to discredit the conservative policies in place at the EPA.
“Do you believe that the Fake News Media is pushing hard on a story that I am going to replace A.G. Jeff Sessions with EPA Chief Scott Pruitt, who is doing a great job but is TOTALLY under siege?” Trump asked. “Do people really believe this stuff? So much of the media is dishonest and corrupt!”
Here’s more from Breitbart:
Pruitt is facing several media reports raising concerns of pursuing perks in office including travel, new office furniture, getting discounted rental fees at his D.C. condo, and forcing out some of his EPA critics.
On Thursday, Trump told reporters on Air Force One that he would look into the reports but was satisfied with Pruitt’s performance at the EPA.
“I think he’s done a fantastic job at EPA. I think he’s done an incredible job,” he said. “He’s been very courageous. Hasn’t been easy, but I think he’s done an absolutely fantastic job. I think he’ll be fine.”
He denied reports that he wanted Pruitt to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“Scott is doing a great job where he is,” Trump said.
Here’s more from the New York Times:
The White House declined to comment on Thursday, referring questions to the E.P.A., though President Trump, as he boarded Air Force One, said he had confidence in Mr. Pruitt.
And in speaking to reporters on the plane, he described Mr. Pruitt as “very courageous,” while suggesting he was reviewing the complaints about him. “I’ll make that determination,” Mr. Trump said. “But he’s a good man, he’s done a terrific job. But I’ll take a look at it.”
The E.P.A. challenged the assertion that the reassignments were related to objections to spending and other management issues. “We dispute the veracity of the accusations,” said Jahan Wilcox, a spokesman for the agency.
The staff tumult comes to light as Mr. Pruitt’s stewardship of the agency is under mounting scrutiny. He is the subject of an investigation by the E.P.A.’s inspector general, who is examining some of the spending and security issues. The White House confirmed on Wednesday that it was conducting its own examination.
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was a regulatory nightmare?
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cut red tape and reign this beast back in?