Scott Pruitt used taxpayer money for personal reasons that went beyond the line of what is acceptable, argue the editors of National Review. His time as EPA chief must end. He tasked government employees with finding his wife a job in the department and to get him a discount on a mattress. Pruitt sent security staff to buy him skin lotions and even told aides to come up with reasons for him to visit certain countries that he was interested in visiting. Finally, he gave top aides big salary increases, which he lied about to the media. Such behavior is unacceptable for a public servant.
The heavy criticism of EPA chief Scott Pruitt is born from partisan opposition to his policies, infers Andy Surabian in Business Insider. What makes him so unpopular is his highly effective dismantling of regulations that were holding back economic growth. Some of the environmental policies enacted in past years had drastic effects on jobs in America’s car, energy and oil industries, among others. Many of the scandals he is being scolded for are small. Pruitt has been targeted because of the large role he has in enacting Trump’s policies. He is being punished over minor issues for being good at his job.