Defense Secretary James Mattis is proving to be his own man. On a trip to meet allies in Europe and the Middle East, the former Marine general again broke with his boss in public, telling Iraqi officials the U.S. military would not consider seizing the country’s oil, as President Trump has repeatedly suggested.
Scott Pruitt will take the helm at the Environmental Protection Agency this week facing questions about his relationship with fossil fuels companies and a workforce that, at least in part, seems skeptical about his plans for the agency.
Republican leaders on Capitol Hill and their anti-tax allies are moving quickly to crush conservative proposals for a carbon tax before they even have time to breathe.
Holding the Senate floor for a talk-a-thon that will last into Friday afternoon, Democrats are demanding that the chamber delay its planned vote on Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head the EPA, saying lawmakers can afford to wait a few days and learn more about his ties to the oil and gas industry.
Saying he’s keeping the promise he made to coal miners during his campaign, President Trump on Thursday afternoon nixed regulations on the coal industry implemented during the waning hours of Obama administration.