Scott Pruitt has been enveloped in several scandals that make his firing a strong possibility, asserts Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine. Beyond the fact that, as head of the EPA, he has dismantled efforts to protect the environment and freed big polluters like the gas industry, Pruitt’s incompetent and corrupt tendencies make him a liability. He has used his position to hire friends and fired the head of his security detail for refusing to turn on a car’s siren to pass through traffic. Pruitt has wasted government funds on lavish first-class traveling conditions. These and other transgressions make him more of a problem than an asset.
Because of his value to President Trump, Scott Pruitt will not be fired, no matter how many scandals he may be involved in, argues Justin Worland of Time. His work to undo environmental protection laws has gained him many fans, crucially among big Republican donors such as coal executive Bob Murray. This was the purpose of his job, and he’s done much to ensure such companies aren’t held back by pollution laws. Trump has praised him several times, going as far as saying that his base “loves” Pruitt. GOP lawmakers have followed suit and protected him during his hearing in the House. Pruitt is highly unlikely to lose his job.