Scott Pruitt becomes latest Trump official to be harassed at a restaurant

Pablo Tucker
July 4, 2018

There is no one in the Trump administration as committed to scamming as Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt.

"We deserve to have someone at the EPA who actually does protect our environment; someone who actually does believe in climate change and actually takes it seriously for the benefit of all of us, including our children", Mink said. "Meanwhile, you're slashing strong fuel standards for cars and trucks, for the benefit of big corporations".

"If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd, and you push back on them, and you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere", she said.

While some on the right have said Mink "harassed" Pruitt, the guests on Fox Business News (FBN) Mornings With Maria Bartiromo Tuesday thought otherwise.

Pruitt is the latest senior member of the Trump administration to be confronted in a restaurant or public place.

The woman, identified as Kristin Mink, 33, walked up to Pruitt while he was at a Washington, D.C. restaurant. I had to say something. This was only the most recent effort, after previous emails revealed that Pruitt had asked another aide to help his wife land a business deal with the fast-food chain, Chick-fil-A.

The restaurant has since been besieged by protestors and death threats. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was chased out of a Mexican restaurant and accosted by protesters at her Virginia home. Nielsen was a staunch defender of the administration's policy of forcibly separating children from their parents after entering the U.S. illegally.

The EPA's inspector general, the Government Accountability Office and the White House are investigating numerous allegations concerning Pruitt's spending on first-class travel and security, his dealings with subordinates and with lobbyists, and other matters.

Pruitt has made it his mission to slash environmental regulations since taking over the EPA.

Mr. Pruitt's spokesman, Lincoln Ferguson, said he thanked Mrs. Mink for her words and left shortly after finishing his meal.

"He's corrupt, he's a liar, he's a climate change denier", Mink writes.

The EPA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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