Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt praised fast food chain Chick-fil-A as a "franchise of faith" Wednesday amid the revelation he directed his scheduler to contact the restaurant to inquire about his wife owning a franchise.
Trump continued, "You know that, Scott".
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 16, 2018. Making bad appearances worse, the condo belonged to the wife of a lobbyist whose firm represents energy companies with interests in EPA decisions.
Her personal work for Pruitt raised red flags among ethics experts. Two of Pruitt's top aides at EPA resigned this week amid scrutiny over the agency's excessive spending on travel, security and office renovations.
It's only a matter of time before Pruitt tries to get the EPA's enforcement division, or what's left of it, to fix his parking tickets.
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For frivolity, this one is hard to beat. The EPA justified round-the-clock security by saying Pruitt "has faced an unprecedented amount of death threats against him".
Members of Congress have also called on Pruitt to step aside.
It was the second disclosure in as many days of Pruitt asking agency staff to do personal tasks for him.
Pruitt's expensive taste extends to writing implements.
Greenwalt, who also served as counsel to Pruitt in his previous position as Oklahoma's attorney general, was in the news most recently when Pruitt rescinded a hefty raise for her after public criticism of his use of a little-known clause in the Safe Drinking Water Act to come up with the money. An order from the Tiny Jewel Box, which bills itself as Washington's "premier destination for fine jewelry and watches", also included $1,760 worth of other high-end office supplies, such as personalized journals.
Multiple senior White House officials told ABC News that the president will continue to back the EPA chief.