White House Chief of Staff Kelly Urged Trump to Fire EPA's Pruitt

Hugh Fox
April 8, 2018

And 64 House Democrats are calling for Trump to fire the EPA chief.

But in March, a report in the Washington Free Beacon asserted that EPA appointees of President Barack Obama had expenses that matched or surpassed Pruitt's. The size is three times the size of the previous EPA administrator, who had a part-time security agent.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Oct. 19, 2017.

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A report from The Associated Press says Pruitt had a full-time security detail and that his employees blew through their overtime so quickly that many hit annual salary caps of about $160,000.

An EPA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said total security costs approached $3 million when pay is added to travel expenses.

However, a nationwide search of state and federal court records by AP found no case where anyone has been arrested or charged with threatening Pruitt. Members of the Italian security detail were reportedly personal friends of Perrotta and accompanied Pruitt to a posh restaurant for hours.

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As of this writing, Pruitt still has a job. Three Republicans in the 435-member House have called for Pruitt to resign.

The news coverage surrounding Pruitt, who is also under the spotlight for a low-cost lease agreement facilitated by the wife of an energy lobbyist, did not go unnoticed by the White House, which has bristled recently over the mounting scandals embroiling several of President Donald Trump's cabinet secretaries.

In August, the EPA's inspector general began investigating a number of expensive, taxpayer-funded trips Pruitt took.

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