U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt will testify before the Senate’s environment committee in August, panel chairman Senator John Barrasso said on Tuesday, where he will face questions about spending and ethics controversies.
Barrasso said previously that he would call Pruitt to testify about Pruitt’s spending on first class travel, use of security detail and connections with lobbyists and industry groups. But he was waiting for findings from reviews into Pruitt’s ethics by the EPA inspector general and the White House. Barrasso’s office said the exact date of the hearing will come later.
“The hearing will give senators the opportunity to ask important questions and hear about the work being done at the agency,” Barrasso, a Wyoming Republican, said in a release.
Pruitt, who repeatedly sued the EPA when he was attorney general of oil-producing Oklahoma over regulations on the industry, last testified on the committee in January. The EPA did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the hearing.
Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Cynthia Osterman
Trump says ‘Republicans do not believe in socialism’ — but promises to ‘defend Medicare and Social Security’
President Donald Trump complained about socialism seconds before promising to defend socialist programs during his official 2020 re-election campaign kickoff in Orland, Florida.
Trump first complained about Medicare for All, which would expand the popular health care program for seniors to those below age 65.
"America will never be a socialist country," Trump argued, to applause.
"Republicans do not believe in socialism," he argued. "We believe in freedom, and so do you."
"We will defend Medicare and Social Security for our great seniors," Trump bizarrely said next.
Trump introduced his family at his official campaign kickoff — including ‘my late brother Fred, Jr’
President Donald Trump introduced a long-deceased sibling moments after officially announcing his re-election bid during a campaign rally in Orlando, Florida.
"And I am profoundly thankful to my family, I have a great family. Melania, Don, Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany, baron, Lara, Jared, Robert, Marianne, Elizabeth and my late brother, Fred, Jr." Trump said.
Fred, Jr. was Trump's older brother and died of a heart attack almost four decades ago, passing in 1981.
"In a telephone interview last week, Mr. Trump said he had learned by watching his brother how bad choices could drag down even those who seemed destined to rise," The New York Times reported in 2016. Seeing his brother suffering led him to avoid ever trying alcohol or cigarettes, he said."
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As President Donald Trump took the stage in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday to officially launch his 2020 campaign for re-election, numerous people all over social media expressed their thoughts on the matter.
Predictably, Trump had his fair share of online supporters cheering him on and wishing him luck defeating the evil liberals and "Floppy Joe" Biden — a new nickname Trump coined that joins the ranks of such other juvenile insults as "Sleepy Joe," "SleepyCreepy Joe," "Crazy Joe Biden," "Swampman Joe Biden," and "1 Percent Joe."
But at the same time, plenty of commentators noted some of the rally's more lacking features — as well as the president's own shortcomings as a leader and as a candidate.