Report: Pruitt’s Expensive Trips Were Part of a Vacation Wish List

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

No one truly knows what's in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt's head except Pruitt himself, but it looks like he wrote a bucket list of vacation hot spots he'd like to visit before he was even appointed by Trump.

The Washington Post reports that Pruitt's luxurious trip to Morocco was just one location on his wish list and that he worked backward from his list to find an official reason for visiting.

After taking office last year, Pruitt drew up a list of at least a dozen countries he hoped to visit and urged aides to help him find official reasons to travel, according to four people familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal agency deliberations. Pruitt then enlisted well-connected friends and political allies to help make the trips happen. [...]

So far, Pruitt has traveled only to Italy and Morocco. He has canceled trips to Australia, Japan and Israel after extensive advance work by EPA officials.

In Italy and Morocco, Pruitt granted his friends unusual access to official events. In Italy, for example, Pruitt met up in Rome with Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the conservative Federalist Society.

There's something ironic about taking a federal taxpayer-funded trip to Italy to meet the vice president of the Federalist Society. Of course Pruitt himself also doesn't believe in government, except when it enables him to travel.

It occurs to me that Scott Pruitt is not a financially poor man, but he is an enormous cheapskate. He is redefining grift.

  • Diane

    Only the best people.
    Appointed by the most famous con man, republican Donald Trump.

  • muselet

    I am shocked. Shocked and appalled.

    Not by the fact that Scott Pruitt is corrupt, or because he’s a penny-ante conman; those are simply givens at this point. Rather, I am offended by the lack of craft in his corruption.

    A corrupt official takes care to use a series of cutouts and bagmen to put some distance between himself and the grubby reality of his dishonesty. A connman, no matter how cheap, makes an effort to seem legitimate, or at least to seem plausible. Pruitt just storms around, grabbing with both hands whatever isn’t nailed down and prying up what is.

    I mean, come on, take some freakin’ pride in your work.

    This is, in the immortal words of Jayne Cobb, “disappointin’ as hell.”


  • Badgerite

    So the mandate of the Environmental Protection Agency is to see that any crony of trump’s get the vacation of his dreams?
    Ok then. At least we know what the agency is for nowadays. This is simply crooked.

    • ninjaf

      That seems to be the purpose of all of our agencies of late.

      • The whole Trump Administration is on the Wingnut Welfare World Tour (trademark!)

        • Draxiar

          Organized by the Wingnut Travel Firm (aka WTF).