Pruitt: Security Issues To Blame For Pricey Travel Plans

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Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt blamed security decisions for the reason why he has been taking numerous first-class flights or military jets at the expense of taxpayers.

“I’m not involved in any of those decisions,” Pruitt told the New Hampshire Union Leader during a visit to the state. “Those are all made by the [security] detail, the security assessment in addition to the chief of staff.”

Pruitt told the paper that the decision to routinely fly business- and first-class around the country and even internationally stemmed from unspecified threats early in his tenure at EPA.

“We live in a very toxic environment politically, particularly around issues of the environment,” said Pruitt, who acknowledged he had just flown first-class from Washington to Boston to reach New Hampshire. “We’ve reached the point where there’s not much civility in the marketplace, and it’s created, you know, it’s created some issues and the [security] detail, the level of protection is determined by the level of threat.”

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