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Scott Pruitt becomes latest Trump official to be harassed at a restaurant

Scott Pruitt becomes latest Trump official to be harassed at a restaurant

A woman confronted EPA administrator Scott Pruitt at a restaurant in Washington, DC, on Monday, in the latest encounter between a member of the public and a Trump administration official.

Pruitt has been embroiled in a series of controversies since being appointed to lead the agency in 2017, with CNN reporting Monday that he had kept "secret" calendars to shield controversial meetings with industry representatives from public scrutiny.

Mink is a teacher at a Quaker day school where the youngest Trump attends classes along with the youngest Obama daughter. "This is my son, who loves animals, who loves food and air, who loves clean water", Mink tells Pruitt, berating him for rolling back environmental protection policies and becoming embroiled in multiple ethical scandals. Mink says Pruitt left the restaurant before she returned to her seat.

"I don't think she was trying to protect anybody, and I don't think she was trying to hurt anybody", Herman said. "I jotted down just a couple points that I wanted to make to him that were a little on the specific side".

William Ruckelshaus, the nation's first EPA administrator selected to start the agency by President Richard Nixon, and who was tapped again to be the administrator under President Ronald Reagan, told CNN he first began a long-running practice of publicly releasing the schedules of senior EPA officials.

Chmielewski told CNN that he was booted from the EPA after he asked too many questions about Pruitt's spending habits and management.


In the video, Pruitt listens silently as the woman berates him.

Pruitt has been under fire for months over a steady stream of reports detailing conflict-of-interest issues and other problems, most notably an apparent sweetheart deal with the wife of a lobbyist who rented Pruitt a condo on Capitol Hill for $50 a night.

He gawked at her throughout the encounter.

In the accompanying text to her post, Mink says: "EPA head Scott Pruitt was 3 tables away as I ate lunch with my child".

EPA spokesman Lincoln Ferguson, however, said that Mink's account of the exchange wasn't entirely accurate: "Administrator Pruitt always welcomes input from Americans, whether they agree or disagree with the decisions being made at EPA". The video ends shortly after she finished speaking.

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