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Trump’s EPA Chief Has Spent Over $1M Of Taxpayers Money In First-Class Flights: Report

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Trump’s EPA Chief Has Spent Over $1M Of Taxpayers Money In First-Class Flights: Report

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt has spent much of his first year in the role taking first-class or business-class flights, totaling thousands of dollars at the expense of taxpayers, according to a new report by The Washington Post.

Citing EPA records, the newspaper reported Sunday that Pruitt typically flies first or business class for unspecified security reasons, a break in tradition from past administrators. He has also used military jets to travel to and from events. His use of military flights and private jets have racked up cost to more than $1 million, according to the report.

The newspaper found one stretch last June in which Pruitt spent at least $90,000 worth of taxpayer-funded travel in that month alone.

Federal regulations call for government travelers to “consider the least expensive class of travel that meets their needs,” though agencies can use first-class for security or medical reasons.

The Post found Pruitt frequently used the security exception to justify traveling first-class.

EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman told the Post that all of Pruitt’s travel expenses have been approved by federal ethics officials.

Prior to his appointment in the Trump administration, Pruitt served as the attorney general in Oklahoma. He has drawn criticism from environmental advocates for questioning climate change.

Last week, Pruitt suggested it’s unclear if global warming is harmful to humans.

Under his leadership, the EPA has rolled back Obama-era environmental policies and withdrawn from the Paris Climate Accord, which is aimed at fighting global warming.

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