EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Claimed Trump Was ‘Abusive To The Constitution’ In 2016 Interview (AUDIO)

Scott Pruitt is currently the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency thanks to a nomination by President Donald Trump, who explained his selection of Pruitt by claiming that the EPA at the time had an “anti-energy agenda that has destroyed millions of jobs” and that Pruitt, “the highly respected Attorney General from the state of Oklahoma, will reverse this trend and restore the EPA’s essential mission of keeping our air and our water clean and safe.”

It seems like President Trump had a lot of faith in Pruitt when he nominated him for the position, a faith that was reciprocated by Pruitt, who remarked that he intended to “run this agency in a way that fosters both responsible protection of the environment and freedom for American businesses” when he accepted the nomination of EPA chief in December, 2016, but it appears that mutual respect wasn’t always present.

In a radio interview on the Pat Campbell Show just prior to the 2016 election that was recently released by watchdog group Documented, Pruitt referred to then-candidate Trump as a “bully” and was concerned by the billionaire reality TV star’s complete disregard for the constitution.

“If Donald Trump is the nominee and eventually the President, he would take, I think, unapologetic steps to use executive power to confront Congress in a way that is truly unconstitutional,” Pruitt said, who was then the Oklahoma Attorney General and serving on Jeb Bush’s campaign.

“I believe Donald Trump in the White House would be more abusive to the Constitution than Barack Obama — and that’s saying a lot,” he continued. “I really believe he would use a blunt instrument. This president at least tries to nuance his unlawfulness.”

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“We don’t need to replace [President Obama] with another individual — as you said, our bully — in the White House, to do what he’s done from the Republican side of things,” he concluded.

Obviously, Scott Pruitt has changed his tune a little since his promotion to head of the EPA, claiming in a statement that he no longer agrees with how he previously felt.

“After meeting him, and now having the honor of working for him, it is abundantly clear that President Trump is the most consequential leader of our time,” he said. “No one has done more to advance the rule of law than President Trump. The President has liberated our country from the political class and given America back to the people.”

Pruitt may have done a complete 180° turn on his opinion of Trump since he began working for the President, but he didn’t always hold the Commander in Chief in such high regard and now you can hear him express his earlier doubts, here.


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