- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said he must fly first class due to the “toxic environment” of today’s politics, saying it’s a decision made by security protocol.

“We’ve had some incidents on travel dating back to when I first started serving in the March-April timeframe,” Mr. Pruitt said in an interview with Manchester Union Leader on Tuesday. “We live in a very toxic environment politically, particularly around issues of the environment.”

Mr. Pruitt was in New Hampshire to meet with Republican Gov. Chris Sununu and to tour a toxic waste Superfund site in the state.

“I’m not involved in any of those decisions,” Mr. Pruitt said of his travel. “Those are all made by the [security] detail, the security assessment in addition to the chief of staff.”

The Washington Post reported Mr. Pruitt has flown first class and on military planes for his government travel with taxpayer money.

“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,” Mr. Pruitt said.

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