Scott Pruitt, in an interview taped a year before he was asked to lead U.S. EPA, blasted then-presidential candidate Donald Trump as a risky threat to the Constitution. Pruitt agreed that rules not rooted in statutes cause uncertainty for those affected by regulation, and that he will continue working to achieve "clarity, certainly, confidence" for the American people.
Pruitt has provoked controversy as Trump's EPA chief, praised by conservatives and criticized by liberals for rolling back environmental regulations put in place under Democrat Obama and for his role in Trump's decision to abandon the 2015 Paris global climate change accord.
Scott Pruitt, the man who would go on to become President Donald Trump's choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, once anxious that Trump would do massive damage to the rule of law in the United States. He met with him at New York's Trump Tower during the transition and has repeatedly praised Trump since, citing his commitment to bolstering the US economy and his willingness to take decisive action to roll back what both men see as the legal overreaches of the Obama administration. [Obama] at least tries to nuance his unlawfulness.
Pruitt said he appeared on Campbell's show several times, but could not recall making those specific comments about Trump, who appointed him a year later to lead EPA. During his appearance, Pruitt also unfavorably compared Trump to then-President Barack Obama. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and took online swipes at Trump. But that criticism ultimately did not deter Wheeler from being nominated for a top agency post.
So it was a little embarrassing for Pruitt when Sen.
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Pruitt said he would work with Congress to make progress on the issue.
They pressed him about whether the Trump administration might seek to reverse the EPA's 2009 finding that greenhouse-gas emissions endanger public health and welfare. Pruitt said there is "no decision or determination on that".
Meanwhile, Republicans on the committee had nearly universal praise for Pruitt, saying he has lifted the regulatory burden placed on companies by the Obama administration.
Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth questioned Pruitt's commitment to prioritizing a "war on lead" in drinking water by asking him if he will fight against proposed White House budget cuts to the EPA's lead risk-reduction program. "Well, anyway, you're doing a great job".