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The Quick Facts
- Scott Pruitt, the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is in hot water for a number of controversial decisions.
- He paid $50 / night to rent a room on Capital Hill from the wife of an energy lobbyist, he gave large raises to his top aides without going through traditional approval channels, spent over $100K on luxury air travel, and installed a secure phone booth in his office. In his role, Pruitt has held extensive meetings with industry representatives while spending less time with environmental activists.
- Many are calling for Pruitt's ouster. However, President Trump and many Republicans have come to Pruitt's defense and argue that Pruitt has been highly effective in his role.