Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

EPA's Pruitt takes heat in restaurant over environment policies

EPA's Pruitt takes heat in restaurant over environment policies

Kristin Mink posted a video via Facebook of her approaching Pruitt while holding her toddler and what appeared to be a list of notes to guide her through the scolding she delivered.

Mink says Pruitt was three tables away from her when she had lunch at the Teasim restaurant in Washington, DC and she decided she had to say something. He loves clean water.

Samantha Dravis, the EPA's former associate administrator for the Office of Policy, recently spoke with a congressional committee about her work for the administrator, according to accounts of the interview first reported by The Washington Post.

"We deserve to have somebody at the EPA who actually does protect our environment, someone who believes in climate change and takes it seriously for the benefit of all us, including our children", Mink said in the video.

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Mrs. Mink said she didn't plan the confrontation, but she has been protesting against the Trump administration's immigration policies as of late. In the tirade, Mink tells Pruitt a few times that he should resign, and brings up the scandals faced by the official in recent months.

Pruitt, who has come under fire for scandals including allegedly using his position to seek employment for his wife and receiving a discount on a condo rental linked to a lobbying firm, did not respond, and text at the end of the video said that he "fled the restaurant before I got back to my seat". White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant by a manager who said the Trump administration is "inhumane and unethical".

Last month, Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, was met with chants of "Shame!" as protestors interrupted her visit to MXDC, a Mexican restaurant.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is now investigating Pruitt's management of the EPA and his spending habits, including his use of premium cabins while traveling and the details surrounding a sweetheart condo rental from the wife of an energy lobbyist.

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Some of the hidden meetings reportedly ranged from coal industry CEO Joseph Craft and other industry executives, to Kellyanne Conway, to Cardinal George Pell, a Vatican official and climate change skeptic who weeks later was hit with sex crimes charges.

In this June 1, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump listens as EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks about the US role in the Paris climate change accord in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.

"Administrator Pruitt always welcomes input from Americans, whether they agree or disagree with the decisions being made at EPA", Lincoln Ferguson, EPA spokesman, said in a statement.

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