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The Divine Paranoia of Scott Pruitt

But Trump so far has stood by Pruitt, despite a review of Pruitt's ethical conduct by White House officials adding to probes by congressional oversight committees and the EPA's inspector general. Furthermore, when traveling, Pruitt has infamously sought first class airline tickets in order to avoid the supposed security concerns of flying coach, but only when taxpayers were footing the bill: the AP has learned that Pruitt flew coach on personal trips he had to pay for the tickets himself. Legal experts told Bloomberg, however, that they knew of a href="https://www.bna.com/epa-foe-pruitt-n73014448247/" target="_blank" no rules in place /a that would compel such an action on Pruitt's part.br br "Every American should be appalled that President-elect Trump just picked someone who has made a career of being a vocal defender for polluters to head our Environmental Protection Agency", Trip Van Noppen, president of Earthjustice, a href="http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2016/earthjustice-responds-to-president-elect-trump-s-pick-to-head-the-environmental-protection-agency" target="_blank" said /a in a December 2016 statement. On one trip to Italy, from June 5-12 of previous year, his security detail alone amounted to more than $30,000.

On Saturday night, Trump issued a tweet stating: "While Security spending was somewhat more than his predecessor, Scott Pruitt has received death threats because of his bold actions at EPA".

Pruitt has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks since it was revealed he rented a room in Washington, D.C., at below-market rates from a lobbyist with business before the EPA.

An agency spokesman told the Associated Press which Pruitt has confronted "Substantial" dangers and also keeping the state safe has been costly. Trump has praised Pruitt's relentless efforts to scrap, delay or rewrite Obama-era environmental regulations.

Pruitt's predecessor, Gina McCarthy, had a security detail that numbered about a half dozen, less than a third the size of Pruitt's.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator-designate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Comm

But the White House has remained adamant in its support of Pruitt as head of the EPA. He visited the U.S. Embassy in Rome and took a private tour of the Vatican before briefly attending a meeting of G-7 environmental ministers in Bologna.

Last year, the EPA spent almost $9,000 on increased counter-surveillance precautions for Pruitt, including hiring a private contractor to sweep his office for hidden listening devices and installing sophisticated biometric locks for the doors. The payment for the bug sweep went to a vice president at Perrotta's security company.

Pruitt is also under fire for frequent exceptional air travel and also for purchasing costly items for his office, for example a soundproof telephone booth.

But President Donald Trump doesn't seem a bit concerned about the sinking reputation of his EPA chief.

Pruitt has also been accused of transferring one security agent who refused to use his vehicle's sirens and flashers when the secretary was late for a dinner at a French restaurant.

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