Government records show that Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency Chief Scott Pruitt has actually spent more than half of his time away from his Washington office.
Pruitt has made constant trips to his home state of Oklahoma and it’s costing taxpayers money.
According to the records, the EPA has spent $12,000 on airfare alone for Pruitt, this doesn’t include additional airline costs for Pruitt’s staff members and security detail, nor does it include hotel costs.
According to a New York Times report, Gina McCarthy, Pruitt’s predecessor, also took multiple trips back to her hometown of Boston, but she payed for the trips out of her own pocket instead of wasting taxpayer money.
“It seems fair to ask whether all of Administrator Pruitt’s trips – and the money they cost taxpayers – are ‘essential to performance of the agency,” EIP’s executive director Eric Schaeffer said. “It is also fair to ask how much additional money is spent to fly his entourage of security guards back and forth to his home state if that is where the administrator is going to spend half his time.”