‘You Should Become a Monk’: Trey Gowdy Just Threw Scott Pruitt Under The Bus Over Travel Spending. Watch:
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) criticized Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s travel spending on Sunday, saying he should consider “becoming a monk.”
“If you sit first class, you’re guaranteed to come into contact with everybody else on the plane. If you really want to avoid everybody on the plane, sit in the last seat, not the first seat,” Gowdy told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”
“I’d be shocked if that many people knew who Scott Pruitt was, so the notion that I’ve got to fly first class because I don’t want people to be mean to me, you need to go into another line of work if you don’t want people to be mean to you. Like maybe a Monk,” he continued.
Pruitt has been embroiled in a series of controversies involving excessive spending.
The Associated Press revealed last week that Pruitt’s security detail and travel arrangements cost taxpayers around $3 million, with security team has providing around-the-clock protection, even during family trips and sporting events.
Official documents released by the EPA last month revealed that Pruitt’s security detail often adds significant costs to his travel. During a trip to Italy and the Vatican last June, Pruitt’s security cost taxpayers over $30,000, according to the travel vouchers.
Meanwhile, President Trump has expressed confidence in Pruitt and has been resistant in ousting him, claiming that “Pruitt is doing a good job.”
“The president feels that the administrator has done a good job at EPA,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, according to a New York Times report.
Watch Gowdy’s interview in the video below via Fox News.
.@TGowdySC on reports of Scott Pruitt's spending: "The notion that I’ve got to fly first class because I don’t want people to be mean to me, you need to go into another line of work if you don’t want people to be mean to you. Like maybe a Monk," pic.twitter.com/txcMxHEvtH
— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) April 15, 2018