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Pruitt criticism amounts to ‘nitpick’ of ‘little things’

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A flurry of recent stories have raised questions about some of Pruitt’s spending at the EPA and elsewhere, including pay raises to top aides without approval, a $50-a-night condo lease tied to a lobbyist, repeated first-class and chartered air travel, and a report that the EPA spent millions on a 20-member full-time security detail three times the size of his predecessor’s, and more.

The South Dakota senator attributed recent reporting on Pruitt’s actions to nitpicking.

“Oh, he has too big of a security detail? Is that suddenly the reason why you fire someone?” the senator asked.

“We’ll nitpick little things,” he added. Pruitt, according to Rounds, is being a steward of taxpayer money by cutting environmental regulations and promoting business, calling him a “big part” of the president’s agenda.

Rounds said he believes the “reason why all of the emphasis is on Mr. Pruitt right now is because he’s executing these policies” on environmental regulation promised by the Trump administration.

Trump also defended Pruitt in a tweet on Saturday, saying the secretary has “received death threats because of his bold actions at EPA. Record clean Air & Water while saving USA Billions of Dollars. Rent was about market rate, travel expenses OK. Scott is doing a great job!”

Rounds’ defense of Pruitt sat in contrast to his Republican colleague Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who told CNN she thinks that “Scott Pruitt is the wrong person to lead the EPA.” Collins was the sole Republican senator to vote against Pruitt’s nomination last year.

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Socialist-raised Liz Truss shaping up to be 'Thatcher 2.0' as she secures Cabinet boost

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LIZ TRUSS has slowly built up a reputation as a “radical classical liberal” member of the Conservative Party, with Institute for Government chief Mark Littlewood tipping her for a “Thatcher 2.0” role within her party.

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Boris Johnson increasingly at risk as Rishi Sunak eyes top No10 job 'Very vulnerable'

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BORIS JOHNSON has found himself at increasing risk from Rishi Sunak, according to Social Democratic Party leader William Clouston.

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'Work a bit harder!' Rees-Mogg lashes out at SNP failing to show up to Commons debates

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JACOB REES-MOGG slapped down SNP’s Peter Wishart after he called on MPs to wear face masks in the House of Commons.

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