EPA head Pruitt doesn't recall 2016 statements calling Trump a 'bully'

31 January, 2018, 10:55 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • EPA head Pruitt doesn't recall 2016 statements calling Trump a 'bully'

During his appearance, Pruitt also unfavorably compared Trump to then-President Barack Obama.

At Tuesday's hearing, Democrats also pressed Pruitt on his EPA agenda of rolling back environmental regulations, and asked him for details on how he would carry out two of his stated priorities: combating lead in drinking water and cleaning up so-called Superfund industrial pollution sites.

Pruitt went on to say in the interview that if Trump were elected, the businessman-turned-politician would take "unapologetic steps to use executive power to confront Congress in a way that is truly unconstitutional".

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse sought to use Pruitt's own words against him during an oversight hearing and had an aide hold the quotes up on large signs.

As for Trump, Pruitt obviously made these comments before he knew the president would give him the opportunity to accomplish his career goal of destroying the EPA.er, I mean, of reversing some of the regulations like the Clean Power Plan that were among Obama's allegedly unlawful sins.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a 2016 interview that "Donald Trump in the White House would be more abusive to the Constitution than Barack Obama", according to an audio recording released Tuesday by an advocacy group, prompting questions as he faced the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for the first time since taking office.

"I don't echo that today at all", he said.




"I bet not", Whitehouse responded.

Pruitt put out another statement after the hearing. "The President has liberated our country from the political class and given America back to the people".

Ernst asked Pruitt about the status of the Reid vapor pressure waiver to eliminate restrictions on E15 ethanol blends.

Pruitt said he would work with Congress to make progress on the issue.

"I don't, senator", Pruitt said.

Republicans used the occasion to praise Pruitt's leadership at the agency.

As EPA administrator, Pruitt has cited Trump's executive orders as the basis for a wide array of regulatory rollbacks, including moves to weaken limits on emissions of toxic heavy metals from coal-fired power plants and water pollution from fossil-fuel operations. James Inhofe, R-Okla., quipped, "I get the impression they don't like you". "Well, anyway, you're doing a great job".

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