Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt became the latest member of the Trump administration to face an angry showdown with a member of the public over the president’s divisive policies.
Pruitt was dining with a friend at Teaism restaurant in Washington DC on Monday, when he was confronted by local teacher who urged him to resign over the reported irreparable damage he is causing to the environment.
Walking over with her two-year-old son in her arms, Kristin Mink told Pruitt ‘This is my son, he loves animals, he loves clean air, he loves clean water.’
She mentioned the politician’s $50 a night apartment deal with an energy lobbying firm and his plan to roll back vehicle emissions standards.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt (left) became the latest member of the Trump administration to face an angry showdown with a member of the public (right is Kristin Mink)
Pruitt was dining with a friend at Teaism restaurant in Washington DC on Monday, when he was confronted by Kristin Mink (right, with her son)
‘We deserve to have some in the EPA who actually does protect our environment. Who believes in climate change and takes it seriously for the benefit of all of us, including our children.
‘I just wanted to urge you to resign, because of what you’re doing to the environment in our country… before your scandals push you out,’ she added.
Pruitt, who remained mute during the entire confrontation, and his associate reportedly immediately then got up and left the restaurant.
His spokesman insists that Pruitt didn’t leave because of Mink, but that he simply had to go back to the EPA for a briefing.
‘Administrator Pruitt always welcomes input from Americans, whether they agree or disagree with the decisions being made at EPA,’ EPA spokesman Lincoln Ferguson told The New York Post.
The White House press secretary posted this tweet Saturday morning, sharing details about the incident
Pruitt is the latest in a line of Trump officials who have been confronted or allegedly even harassed by the public over the president’s unpopular policies, in recent weeks. Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave the Red Hen restaurant
Trump said that the Red Hen restaurant ‘should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders
The small Virginia restaurant whose owner asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave has now become the site of heated political demonstrations
‘This is evident by him listening to her comments and going on to thank her, which is not shown in the video.
‘His leaving had nothing to do with the confrontation, he had simply finished his meal and needed to get back to the EPA for a briefing.’
Pruitt is the latest in a line of Trump officials who have been confronted or allegedly even harassed by the public over the president’s unpopular policies, in recent weeks.
Last month, the owner of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Va., asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave because of her job, which Sanders tweeted about from her official White House account.
The owner said that she had multiple immigrant employees who were unhappy with Trump’s zero tolerance migration policy which saw all immigrants, even those seeking asylum, arrested and prosecuted. The policy saw more than 2,000 children torn from their parents until a recent revision by the president allowed kids to stay in jail with their parents.
Employees voted to ask Sanders to leave the restaurant. The Red Hen has since received a torrent of abuse from Trump supporters, who also wrote fake reviews, and even hurled chicken feces toward the restaurant.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was forced to leave a Mexican restaurant
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen was run out of a Mexican restaurant (left) in Washington DC. She was then captured on video leaving the restaurant (right)
Two weeks ago, protesters from Democratic Socialists of America forced Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to leave a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C., complaining loudly about the White House’s immigration policies.
A crowd descended on MXDC Cocina Mexicana, where Nielsen was dining with a male colleague just hours afterDonald Trump praised her for doing a ‘fabulous job’.
‘Secretary Nielsen how dare you spend your evening here eating dinner,’ one protester was heard to yell in video of the confrontation. ‘You’re complicit in the separation and deportation of over 10,000 children separated from their parents.’
‘If kids don’t eat in peace, you don’t eat in peace! Not in DC, not in the US!’ they chant at one point.
Another video that was captured showed Nielsen and her fining associate leaving the restaurant and entering a big black van. The Secret Service and police arrived on the scene following the protest.
Protesters also accosted Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, a prominent Trump supporter, outside a film screening last month. The movie was ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor,’ a documentary about the mild-mannered children’s TV pioneer Fred Rogers.
Protesters handed out ‘Wanted’ fliers around White House adviser Stephen Miller’s condo
Protesters handed out wanted fliers of Miller which branded him a ‘white nationalist’
And just last week 20 demonstrators marched around the CityCenterDC apartment building of White House adviser Stephen Miller, handing out ‘Wanted’ fliers.
The president has since issued a chilling warning to his opponents, saying they ‘better take it easy’ as there had ‘never been a base in the history of politics in this country like my base.’
The threatening words came as he was asked about people in his administration who have been publicly harassed.
Trump dismissed some of the incidents as done for ‘publicity.’
‘I hate to say it. Some of them do it for publicity,’ he said on ‘Sunday Morning Futures’ on Fox News.
But then he added ‘You know, there’s probably never been a base in the history of politics in this country like my base. I hope the other side realizes that they better just take it easy.’
Pruitt, who remained mute during the entire confrontation, and his associate reportedly immediately then got up and left the restaurant
Mink (pictured with her husband and son) teaches sixth grade at Sidwell Friends – where both Sasha and Malia Obama attended
Mink, who has been protesting against the Trump administration, said that her confrontation hadn’t been planned – but when she saw Pruitt she knew she had to say something
Meanwhile Mink, a 33-year-old mom from Silver Spring, Maryland, seemed unfazed by the threat, saying that her confrontation hadn’t been planned – but when she saw Pruitt she knew she had to say something.
‘This wasn’t planned or organized, I literally just saw him and said you are the man who is ruining the future, for the children, for the next generation,’ said Mink, who has been protesting against the Trump administration.
Mink, who teaches sixth grade at Sidwell Friends – where both Sasha and Malia Obama attended – said she had been nervous about addressing Pruitt and was surprised by his lack of reaction.
‘He literally said nothing,’ she told The Post. ‘He had no response, he had no defense, he had no apology, he did no explaining, he did no denying
Pruitt faces 13 federal investigations into his spending and management practices. regarding his tenure at the EPA. At least two of those are aimed at the circumstances surrounding his $50-a-night lease at a Capitol Hill condo owned by a person with ties to the energy industry.
The agency chief is also under fire for directing an EPA aide to contact a senior Chick-fil-A executive as part of an effort to land his family a franchise, and a $2,000 payment to his wife from organizers of a conference the administrator then attended at taxpayer expense.
Mink added in text on her video that she’s confronted the EPA administrator but he ‘fled the restaurant before I got back to my seat’
He’s also been criticized for using a staff for his personal activities and asking his security detail to pick up his dry cleaning and help find his favorite moisturizing lotion at Washington-area hotels.
Pruitt has established up a legal defense fund.
But he reportedly has not offered to use of a the fund to assist current and former aides with their own large legal bills. Nor, the Daily Beast reports, has he offered apologies or expressed remorse to those aides for their ongoing legal and personal troubles.
Cleta Mitchell, the attorney overseeing the Pruitt legal defense fund, did not respond to the Daily Beast’s requests for comment.
And an EPA spokesperson referred The Daily Beast to Pruitt’s comments before a House committee in May.
‘I am not afraid to admit that there has been a learning process and when Congress or independent bodies of oversight find fault in our decision-making I want to correct that and ensure that it does not happen again,’ Pruitt said at the time. ‘Ultimately, as the administrator of the EPA, the responsibility for identifying and making changes necessary rests with me and no one else.’
President Donald Trump has steadfastly defended Pruitt’s job performance, but has recently become critical of the baggage his behavior has heaped onto the administration.
‘Scott has done a fantastic job at EPA,’ Trump told reporters last Friday, ‘but, you know … I’m not happy about certain things, I’ll be honest.’
‘He’s done a fantastic job running the EPA,’ the president reiterated, ‘which is very overriding.’
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