Trump’s EPA chief spent taxpayer dollars on family trip to Disneyland

Maybe he has his own idea of how to drain the swamp:

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is in trouble yet again for misusing taxpayer resources — this time to take personal trips, including a family trip to Disneyland, a visit to the Rose Bowl and a stop in Lexington for a University of Kentucky basketball game.

According to a letter sent by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) to the EPA Office of the Inspector General, Pruitt kept his multimillion-dollar government security detail with him on personal vacations. No previous EPA administrator has ever demanded 24-hour security detail even while not on official business.

Wait a minute, this classic Washington corruption. The opposite of DTS:

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt paid just $50 a night to rent a room in a condo in Capitol Hill which is co-owned by the wife of a prominent lobbyist, according to reporting from Bloomberg and ABC News. The unusual deal, which allowed Pruitt to pay only for the nights he actually spent in the room — mere blocks from his office — appears to be well below what he would have paid in comparable or worse locations. Other apartments in the same building rented for $5,000 a month, according to ABC News.

Scott isn’t the only one failing to DTS:

Trump’s White House and various federal agencies could be violating President Donald Trump’s own executive order designed to “drain the swamp,” a government watchdog has alleged in 30 complaints filed in recent days.

The group, Public Citizen, announced Monday that it filed the ethics complaints accusing the Trump administration of violating the president’s own order that bars ex-lobbyists from being appointed without a waiver to government jobs dealing with the issues they lobbied for in the past couple of years.

In fact, we now know it was all a campaign promise for electoral purposes. Don the con got what he wanted. Never intending to fulfill:

President Trump and his appointees have stocked federal agencies with ex-lobbyists and corporate lawyers who now help regulate the very industries from which they previously collected paychecks, despite promising as a candidate to drain the swamp in Washington.

A week after his January 2017 inauguration, Trump signed an executive order that bars former lobbyists, lawyers and others from participating in any matter they lobbied or otherwise worked on for private clients within two years before going to work for the government. But records reviewed by The Associated Press show Trump’s top lawyer, White House counsel Don McGahn, has issued at least 24 ethics waivers to key administration officials at the White House and executive branch agencies.


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