Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has a reason for flying first class, coach is extremely dangerous for him.
As the Washington Post reports:
Federal regulations state that government travelers are required to “exercise the same care in incurring expenses that a prudent person would exercise if traveling on personal business . . . and therefore, should consider the least expensive class of travel that meets their needs.” Agencies are allowed to authorize first-class travel in rare instances, such as a flight of 14 hours or more, a medical disability or when “exceptional security circumstances” mean “use of coach class accommodations would endanger your life or government property.”
Pruitt is using that last part to justify the first class tickets.
“Unfortunately … we’ve had some incidents on travel dating back to when I first started serving in the March-April timeframe,” Pruitt told the New Hampshire Union Leader.
He continued,”We live in a very toxic environment politically, particularly around issues of the environment. 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.”
What this doesn’t explain is the 5-star Times Square hotel he and his staff stayed in, or the private tour of the Vatican he took.
Pruitt’s been a controversial figure since he started working in the EPA. He has been instrumental in trying to destroy the agency from within, and this has upset quite a lot of people.
“We have at least four times — four to five times the number of threats against Mr. Pruitt than we had against Ms. McCarthy,” Assistant Inspector General Patrick Sullivan told CNN, referring to Gina McCarthy, EPA chief during the Obama administration.
“The EPA is a lightning rod. We get threats from both sides of the spectrum,” Sullivan added.
“Some people believe the EPA is not doing enough to enforce environmental laws, and they’re upset about that. Other people think the EPA is doing too much, vis-à-vis enforcing environmental laws, and they’re upset about that.”
But threats or not, Pruitt is abusing the federal regulations guidelines. If he’s going to have to buy a first class ticket every time he flies now, he better spend less on other travel. Maybe trade that upscale Times Square hotel for a Marriot Courtyard. They even come with a free breakfast.