Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) called for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign or for President Donald Trump to dismiss him on Tuesday.
Rep. Curbelo tweeted on Tuesday, “Major policy differences aside, Scott Pruitt’s corruption scandals are an embarrassment to the Administration, and his conduct is grossly disrespectful to American taxpayers. It’s time for him to resign or for @POTUS to dismiss him.”
Major policy differences aside, @EPAScottPruitt‘s corruption scandals are an embarrassment to the Administration, and his conduct is grossly disrespectful to American taxpayers. It's time for him to resign or for @POTUS to dismiss him. https://t.co/gXWLDffqam
— Rep. Carlos Curbelo (@RepCurbelo) April 3, 2018
Curbelo quote-tweeted a story about how CNN, the Washington Post, and other outlets have attacked Pruitt for renting out a condominium owned by lobbyists. Pruitt leased a room for roughly $50 a night, paying a total of $6,100.
Jahan Wilcox, an agency spokesman, retorted, “As EPA career ethics officials stated in a memo, Administrator Pruitt’s housing arrangement for both himself and family was not a gift and the lease was consistent with federal ethics regulations.”
Rep. Curbelo, a “Never Trump” Republican, claimed last May that he was the Republican lawmaker to suggest impeaching President Donald Trump.
Curbelo slammed President Trump in January, arguing that Trump’s comment reportedly calling Haiti and some African countries, “shithole countries” “dehumanized people.”
Several leftist reporters, pundits, and politicians came out recently to attack Pruitt and subsequently call for him to drop out.
Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign chairman John Podesta called for Pruitt to resign in an op-ed last week in the Washington Post.
The Washington Post editorial board called for Pruitt to resign on Monday.
The Natural Resources Defense Council, a leftist environmental group, called for Pruitt to step aside last week, arguing that Pruitt is a “threat to the environment and our health.”
President Trump said on Monday, “Keep your head up, keep fighting. We have your back.”
White House chief of staff John Kelly reportedly also called Pruitt on Tuesday to reiterate his support for the head of the EPA.