House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, said he’s troubled by recent reports of EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s unprecedented spending on his personal security and luxury travel.
Gowdy argued that Pruitt’s first-class plane tickets, which Pruitt argues protect him from potentially dangerous passengers, is both ethically questionable and counter-productive.
“You need to go into another line of work if you don’t want people to be mean to you,” Gowdy said.
House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, said he’s troubled by recent reports of Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt’s unprecedented spending of taxpayer funds on his personal security, first-class travel, and luxury hotels.
During an interview on Fox News Sunday, Gowdy questioned both the appropriateness of Pruitt’s choices and the credibility of his explanations.
While Pruitt has cited unspecified security concerns resulting from a “toxic” political environment to justify his first-class plane tickets (which are only allowed for government employees in special circumstances), the congressman argued that Pruitt’s positioning at the front of the plane would put him in contact with more passengers then a seat at the back of the plane.
If the EPA chief was genuinely concerned with his exposure to potentially dangerous passengers, he would choose to sit at the very back of the plane, Gowdy argued.
“If you really want to avoid people on the plane, sit in the last seat not the first seat,” he said.
Gowdy added that he would be “shocked” if many members of the general public even knew who Pruitt was, but that, as a government official, Pruitt should be prepared to take criticism from the public.
“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 …read more
Source:: Business Insider