Key Words: EPA administrator Pruitt says safety concerns and less-than-optimal interactions drive costly travel decisions

EPA head Scott Pruitt fields a question about the cost of his taxpayer-funded travel from WMUR-TV political director Adam Sexton.

Scott Pruitt has come under criticism over the costs of his taxpayer-funded travel, and the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, during a trip to New Hampshire, has now shed light on the matter, telling the Manchester television station WMUR that decisions to fly first class are being made because of security and, apparently, to skirt unpleasant interactions with fellow passengers:

‘There have been instances, unfortunately, during my time as administrator, as I’ve flown and spent time, of interaction that’s not been the best.’

Scott Pruitt, EPA

In a separate exchange with a New Hampshire media outlet, Pruitt reportedly told the New Hampshire Union-Leader, “We live in a very toxic environment politically, particularly around issues of the environment.”

Earlier this week, the Washington Post reported that the secretary had flown first-class to Boston from Washington — typically, less than an hour and a half’s flying time — as recently as Tuesday and, in June, flew on government business with staff from Washington to New York, back to Washington, then onto Cincinnati, New York and Italy. The Cincinnati–to–New York leg alone, on a military jet, cost taxpayers a hefty $36,068.50, the Post reported. He left the summit a a day earlier than planned and was back in Washington for a cabinet meeting at which attendees took turn praising President Trump.

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