Mom Tells Off EPA Director Scott Pruitt at Washington Restaurant

Katie Ramirez
July 3, 2018

Simultaneously, a Washington Post report chronicles a host of Pruitt's previously unknown ethical misdeeds, including using his post as EPA administrator to try to rustle up his wife Marlyn a job paying at least $200,000. "I had to decide what to say, he's so scandal-ridden", she said.

"This is my son, he loves animals, he loves clean air, he loves clean water", she said in the video. "Meanwhile, you're slashing strong fuel standards for cars and trucks, for the benefit of big corporations".

"I just wanted to urge you to resign, because of what you're doing to the environment in our country", Mink said, holding her 2-year-old son, as her husband recorded the encounter. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency U.S. EPA Administrator Scott PruittETA: You don't have to wait til your next Pruitt sighting to take action!

"So, I would urge you to resign before your scandals push you out", said Mink said, who at times during the video read from notes on a piece of paper.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers have sharply criticized Pruitt, but President Trump has stuck by an appointee whose scandals have dwarfed the controversies that have felled other administration officials.

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The woman said that Pruitt got up and left after the encounter, but an EPA spokesperson told the New York Post that his leaving had nothing to do with the confrontation and that Pruitt had finished his meal.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant in Virginia, while senior White House aide Stephen Miller was branded a "fascist" by an angry patron during a visit to a downtown Mexican eatery.

In this June 1, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump listens as EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks about the USA role in the Paris climate change accord in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Trump adviser Stephen Miller and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen were both heckled by protesters furious with the administration's "zero-tolerance" policy at the United States border, which included separating children from their families.

The EPA's inspector general, the Government Accountability Office and the White House are investigating numerous allegations concerning Pruitt's spending on first-class travel and security, his dealings with subordinates and with lobbyists, and other matters.

EPA spokesman Lincoln Ferguson, however, says Pruitt "always welcomes input from Americans".

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