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EPA chief disavows calling Trump a danger in 2016 interview

The studies would also take into consideration air pollution in the entire National Capital Region for the first time instead of focusing on Delhi alone unlike previous studies EPA chief disavows calling Trump a danger in 2016 interview
Patty Aguilar | 30 January, 2018, 21:42

Back in the halcyon days of 2016, before Scott Pruitt cozied up to President Donald Trump and was named head of the EPA, he conducted a radio interview absolutely dismissing the president's constitutional bona fides.

Asked by Campbell if he was a Trump supporter, Pruitt replied "No, no".

Pruitt went on to tell the host that, "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". Duckworth asked Pruitt at an Environment and Public Works Committee hearing.

The interview, released by an advocacy group and first reported by the Washington Post on Tuesday, features Pruitt opining on Trump's presidential candidacy.

"I believe that Donald Trump in the White House would be more abusive to the Constitution than Barack Obama - and that's saying a lot", Pruitt said during the 2016 interview.

"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", said Pruitt, who was tapped by Trump to lead the EPA in December 2016. "I don't echo that today at all". John Barrasso (R-WY) praised Pruitt for his work to end the "regulatory rampage" at the EPA under the Obama administration while Democrats questioned Pruitt's budget cuts for the agency, slowwalking rules, regulatory rollbacks, and his worldwide trips.

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In a newly surfaced interview from 2016, Pruitt slammed the then-candidate, suggesting Trump was a threat to the Constitution, and that he was a "bully" and "dangerous". "No one has done more to advance to rule of law than President Trump".

Sources of air pollution previously classified as “major sources” may be reclassified as “area” sources when the facility limits its emissions below “major source” thresholds, the EPA said.

Pruitt has provoked controversy as Trump's EPA chief, praised by conservatives and criticized by liberals for rolling back environmental regulations put in place under Democrat Obama and for his role in Trump's decision to abandon the 2015 Paris global climate change accord.

The comment has angered Democrats, some Republicans and leaders of numerous nations Trump referred to.

At a congressional hearing Tuesday, Sen.

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