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Seems like something has changed about air travel. Oh, yeah, the peanuts.

The Trump administration’s addiction to pricey luxury travel is making news again, if you can possibly believe that. Even after Tom Price was shitcanned resigned as HHS secretary of his own free will following reports of his lavish spending on chartered jets, some cabinet members still haven’t gotten the “optics” message, if there was one. EPA boss Scott Pruitt was outed as a serial abuser of first-class travel Monday by a Washington Post investigation that detailed his high-living world tour following his successful job getting the US to ditch the Paris Climate Accord last summer.

Pruitt blew $1,641.43 on a first-class flight from DC to New York — yes, apparently even short flights have first class — while two aides had to suffer with icky steerage passengers in coach. While he was in Manhattan, he stayed in an upscale hotel and flew back the next day. Later that week, he and staffers took a military jet from an event in Cincinnati to New York (a cool $36K), where Pruitt caught another commercial flight to Rome — a thrifty $7,003.52, round trip, although Pruitt’s seat cost several times more than his buds in coach. All told, the tab for travel by Pruitt and his aides for those jaunts in June came to $90,000; WaPo scrupulously notes that doesn’t include the cost of his 24/7 security detail (the first ever for a cabinet official) which is undisclosed for America’s safety.

This is just about the point in the story where we’d expect Pruitt to look innocently at the TV camera and say, “It wasn’t a charter. What’s the big deal?” At least EPA spokesperson Liz Bowman managed to get through her own interview about Pruitt’s travel without being a total jerkwad for a change. Bowman told WaPo that all her boss’s travel had been approved by federal ethics officials (a guy with dark glasses, chewing a toothpick and flipping a coin) and that the man had a JOB to do:

“He’s trying to further positive environmental outcomes and achieve tangible environmental results” through his travel, she said, adding that in the case of the New York trip, “He’s communicating the message about his agenda and the president’s agenda.”

On other domestic trips, Bowman added: “He’s hearing directly from people affected by EPA’s regulatory overreach.”

Excellent point! You can’t dismantle a regulatory watchdog and let industry run wild without that vital public outreach. And to get the job of despoiling the environment done, Pruitt certainly can’t be forced to sit with the angry villagers and their emotional support torches in coach:

Pruitt tends to bring a larger entourage of political advisers on his trips than past administrators. But while the aides usually fly coach, according to travel vouchers through August obtained by The Washington Post separately from the Environmental Integrity Project, he often sits in first or business class, which previous administrators typically eschewed.

Oh, yes, and a lot of his travel is done in secret, without the sort of public announcements prior cabinet secretaries made, because Pruitt wouldn’t want to tip off leftist terrorists — or, worse, freaks who think “accountability” is a thing.

In his defense, Pruitt pretended to be surprised anyone would make anything of his travel, because he’s not even the guy making his reservations, heavens no:

“I’m not involved in any of those decisions,” Pruitt told the New Hampshire Union Leader during a visit to the state. “Those are all made by the [security] detail, the security assessment in addition to the chief of staff.”

Pruitt told the paper that the decision to routinely fly business class and first class across the country and even internationally stemmed from unspecified threats early in his tenure at EPA.

Probably the same threats that required him to build a Cone Of Silence in his own office at EPA headquarters, so he wouldn’t have to brave sniper fire while walking to the building’s existing secure communications facility.

Oh, yes, and when he traveled to New Hampshire, he went first class again:

That twitter gossip was confirmed in the interview, too:

“We live in a very toxic environment politically, particularly around issues of the environment,” said Pruitt, who acknowledged he had just flown first class from Washington to Boston to reach New Hampshire. “We’ve reached the point where there’s not much civility in the marketplace, and it’s created, you know, it’s created some issues, and the [security] detail, the level of protection is determined by the level of threat.”

Isn’t that cute? First Class happens, and the only environmental toxicity Scott Pruitt is bothered by is the metaphorical kind. Besides, Scott Pruitt is in immediate danger from terrible leftist terrorists who say mean things about the EPA administrator like “the only environmental toxicity Scott Pruitt is bothered by is the metaphorical kind.” It’s a wonder he hasn’t asked to be given an Air Marshall’s badge so he can pack a gun on flights. (Actually, do we know that he hasn’t?)

As of yet, Donald Trump has not commented on Pruitt’s pricey travel because he’s been too busy saying nice things about wife beaters. If the issue ever comes up, he’ll no doubt point out that one guy already left because of luxury travel, and besides, if Trump has to live in a dump like the White House, then it’s only fair that Scott Pruitt should have to settle for First Class, where you can’t even grab a stewardess’s ass anymore like in the good old days.

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  • armed_bears

    argh.

  • GunToting[Redacted]

    DC to N fucking Y? Jesus, I used the Delta Shuttle when it existed, and I was THRILLED to get free magazines.

    • GoutMachine

      Plus, the Acela is faster/better/more civilized.

      • PubOption

        But uses much less fuel per seat-mile. You have to think about these things when you’re in charge of the EPA.

  • armed_bears
    • OutOfOrbit

      as long as the Ruskies are helping the Right and the Right holds all three branches of govmt, why should the Right interfere with that?

      • MynameisBlarney

        They actually don’t have all three.
        The Judicial Branch seems to be somewhat independent.

        • Lascauxcaveman

          “Hey, we’re working on that. Just give us another election cycle or two.”

          – The Right

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        • OutOfOrbit

          we’ll soon find out, now that they’re holding court again

    • cmd resistor

      Although: “:Vice President Pence on Wednesday said the U.S. intelligence community universally concluded that Russia did not have an effect on the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, despite the fact that officials have made no such judgment.” http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/373855-pence-says-intel-community-concluded-russia-did-not-affect-outcome-of

      • Beelzebubba

        Shorter version: Pence delivered the expected lie.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Is Accountability Terrorist a thing now?

    I have fucking had it with these motherfucking Trump cabinet snakes on those motherfucking planes!

  • msanthropesmr

    And I, as a government employee have to print out a Goddam map, on paper, Everytime I travel somewhere to prove that I can get paid for mileage.

    • Spotts1701, Porg Wrangler

      If it’s not a preapproved and premapped location, I have to take the odometer reading from my car to get the mileage.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        I once missed a signpost on a county road and drove 3 miles above the standard mileage from my office to a nearby county’s courthouse where I had a meeting, and my asshole boss refused to pay me for the 3 extra miles. Mileage at the time was 20 cents a mile.

    • BearGHAZI

      You Deep State bureaucrats are sooooo meticulous

    • aureolaborealis

      Also a gummint worker. If the direct 5-hour afternoon flight costs $10 more, we automatically get the three-layover 18-hour red-eye instead. Because efficiency.

  • GoutMachine

    “I’m not involved in any of those decisions,” Pruitt told the New Hampshire Union Leader during a visit to the state. “Those are all made by the [security] detail, the security assessment in addition to the chief of staff.”

    Oh, you mean the bloated security detail that costs more than $2 million annually in salaries alone that you hired despite the fact that you don’t in any way need it? That security detail?

    • PubOption

      Come on, if Betsy DeVos gets a security detail, he has to have one. He can’t cede status.

  • msanthropesmr

    If you’re curious as to what he really should be doing, you can go here to read the regs.

    https://www.gsa.gov/travel-resources

  • Why even bother flying first class unless it’s one of those overseas polaris flights on United?

    Seriously, you’re still crammed in there and you have to watch the hobos go by you on their way to sewerage, I mean steerage anyways.

    Last time, I was seated next to a dog. A DOG! What is this bullshit?? First class, my ass.

    (Before anyone gets butthurt, none of this is true, except the Polaris part)

    • msanthropesmr

      I know, as a steerage class passenger, I crop dust my way through first class.

      • OutOfOrbit

        you devil, you

    • GoutMachine

      Amen on the Polaris. I had it on SFO-HKG last year and damn it is nice. (Then, I had to switch to “regular” business for HKG-SIN and damn it was so crappy by comparison.)

      • Yeah! Also the boyfriend won’t shut up about the Polaris lounge in Chicago. I guess it is nice. One is opening in Houston this summer. I guess if you’re always traveling these things matter.

        • GoutMachine

          They do. I travel mostly internationally for my job (and we are beholden to United), so these are very real first world problems! :)

    • janecita

      I would be so stoked if I was seated next to a dog. Last year on our flight to Paris there was a dog seated in front of me.

    • h4rr4r

      United?
      No, just No. God No.

      If you are going to travel overseas get a ticket with an foreign carrier.

      • janecita

        United is the worse. It’s the Alitalia of the United States.

  • New and Improved Say Wha

    “While he was in Manhattan, he stayed in an ‘upscale hotel’…..” Is this a euphemism for Trump Tower?

  • La forza del resistino

    Hey, a guy has to pay a little more to board one of them coal burning jets.

  • memzilla Ω

    Shorter Pruitt: “Steerage for thee, First Class for me!”

  • Very Stable Bozi

    Does his security fly 1st Class also, too? In case some in 1st Class was to ask/confront him?

    • GoutMachine

      Maybe he also uses California Condors as emotional support animals.

      • Very Stable Bozi

        Or a Support Llama.

        • GoutMachine

          HEY!

  • Ling Ling

    Oklahoma isn’t sending it’s best.

    • chazmanr

      Based on their current economic predicaments, how could we tell? He might very well be their best.

      • Nockular cavity

        He ain’t no Woody Guthrie.

        • chazmanr

          If you have to reach back to Woody Guthrie to saying something positive about Oklahoma, you have already lost the argument.

  • Cousin Itt, hoi polloi

    Pruitt blew $1,641.43 on a first-class flight from DC to New York

    So long as the money had a happy ending.

  • If it wasn’t for First Class, they’d have no class at all.

  • “M”

    He also had some whiny blather out about how he “needed first class travel to protect him” because he was “being persecuted”.
    o.O

    Gee, Scott – maybe it was those Oklahoma voters who actually kept track of how often you wrote verbatim statements from the oil & gas companies essentially paying your salary into policy when you were Attorney General, contributing substantially to the EARTHQUAKES VIA FRACKING problem.

    Just a guess. I don’t even live there. I don’t even live close to there, in part because the IQ45-supporting Okies would hate someone like me and also because I don’t like dustbowls and prefer my pollution high-rise based.

    Geeeeeezus, millionaire-Trump-supporting, completely incompetent, EPA-dismantling guy. Call the waaaaahmbluance, whydontcha.

  • GoutMachine

    Christ, even here at Large Multinational, Inc. I can only book business or above if it’s a flight over four hours. DC to New York? Pfffffft.

  • La forza del resistino

    Pruitt doesn’t need clearance to carry a gun, he travels with a platoon of EPA security agents. When Nixon signed off on the EPA, don’t think security details were part of the package if I’m gonna get all Constructionalist.

  • Nockular cavity

    Man Of Wealth And Taste

    Satan libel!

  • OT but Happy 200th Birthday, Frederick Douglass!

    • armed_bears

      You’re hearing more and more about him.

      • janecita

        He throws great birthday parties.

        • Lascauxcaveman

          I hear that: I’m just feeling snubbed because he didn’t invite me.

  • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

    As of yet, Donald Trump has not commented on Pruitt’s pricey travel because he’s been too busy saying nice things about wife beaters sleeping.

  • JohnBull

    Just remember libs, even though we don’t have the money to fly much anywhere at all, we’re still the elitists because we know what vegetables are. Pruitt’s still a man of the people, much like Trump.

    • ((( Augustus )))

      words have no meaning any more

  • Asterix
    • GoutMachine

      I’m beginning to think they’re not hiring very good people.

      • Asterix

        ” “The whole thing is just demoralizing,” a White House official told POLITICO, arguing that Banks was a victim of the Porter firestorm. “I think a lot of us are scratching our heads.” ”

        This guy could be just the beginning. This smacks of panic mode.

      • Msgr_MΩment

        Define ‘good’.

      • janecita

        They hire the best at destroying stuff.

    • Notreelyhelping

      Bumped for marijuana use? “I’m sorry, but you’re not our kind of criminal.”

      • I thought marijuana use was a job requirement.

        • Notreelyhelping

          You’d have to be on something heavy to work with those people.

    • Hemp Dogbane

      “Just put out a clear statement about what happened and let’s try to put it behind us.”

      Hahahahahahahahahahahaha! !! Right.

  • Very Stable Bozi

    Scott, you’re like school in summertime.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLKpdA_VnpI

  • Msgr_MΩment

    That picture? Just wishing for some hella turbulent votes. That’s all.

  • Nockular cavity

    “He’s trying to further positive environmental outcomes and achieve tangible environmental results”

    Yes, could you public servants please give us some examples of those results, preferably in quantitative form, and released to actual scientists for peer review, hmm?

    • Cornelius Fussbudget

      Tangible environmental outcomes == the air has so much pollution, I can feel it with my fingers.

  • Anna Rompage

    Isn’t Pruitt the same guy that spent eleventy billion dollars of tax payer money, for a cone of silence to be installed in is office?

    • doktorzoom

      It was a few tens of thousands, a bargain, I guess. Link to wonk story in the article above.

  • AJ Milne

    The sad thing (one of the sad things): I can’t imagine the Trump junta being particularly impressed by this grift…

    It’ll be all: ‘Dude, it’s a new world, and that’s _hardly_ grift that makes the grade. Sure, it’s cheap and sleazy and embarrassing… But: in the course of purchasing these tickets, did you also tangle up the transaction in organized crime, pass the cash involved through a dodgy post-Soviet eastern European mafia state to launder it, hrm?

    ‘I mean: we have a _brand_ to maintain, here, sir.’

    • Msgr_MΩment

      It’s like stampeding cattle, only not through the Vatican.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    Does First Class have discreet little cabinets in case one wants to take one of the complementary pee hookers out for a spin?

    • GoutMachine

      On Aeroflot, the pee hookers are an included amenity in first class.

  • Mavenmaven

    What is the environmental impact of preparing tar and feathers?

    • Crystalclear12

      Use syrup and leaves and you’re good.

      • GuidedAccordingly

        Is corn syrup ok or is that banned for health reasons?

        • Crystalclear12

          So long as its responsibly sourced and draws ants it should be fine.

  • Crystalclear12

    The greatest outrage is we aren’t even allowed to bring our service pitchforks on planes anymore!

    • MynameisBlarney

      And the emotional support torches are being unfairly banned!

    • janecita

      Portable guillotines are also banned.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      protip: grab one of the wine bottles from first class on your way back to peon seating- one crack against the bulkhead and you have an instant pitchfork

    • aureolaborealis

      “But, but, but … this is my emotional support battle axe!”

  • goonemeritus

    As long as I don’t have him sitting in the middle seat next to me back in coach.

    • janecita

      Are you kidding? I would love that! I would be peeing every 5 minutes, stepping on his feet every time. I would take over his arm rest, sneeze in his general direction, spill his drink….

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        I’d kick the back of his seat, non-stop.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    The environment is toxic because the EPA no longer bothers to protect the environment.

  • Notreelyhelping

    “You see, on occasion I’ve been recognized by proles who actually attempted to talk to me. It’s far, far too risky.”

  • jaspersdad

    Headline over at The Guardian

    Mike Pence International Man of Misery

  • Jonny On Maui

    Of course Scott needs a security detail. You think Gaia is going to take this lying down?

  • YouInDangerGirl!

    Eh, Pruitt ain’t going anywhere. Tom Price screwed the pooch on repeal, but Pruitt seems to be plotting the final demise of our planet quite effectively.

  • jaspersdad

    I think what I hate most about Pruitt is the stupidity and ignorance he promotes.

  • Anna Rompage

    One can only hope that if Scott is on a flight that suffers from loss of pressure in the main cabin, that his greedy little hands are clenched too tight to apply the oxygen mask to himself….

  • La forza del resistino

    The EPA security detail brings the image of the evil Sheriff of Nottingham and goons foraying into Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest to mind. And maybe cut down some of the forest for grins.

    • cmd resistor

      The Anglo heritage of sheriffism.

  • Proud Liberal

    Grifters gonna grift.

  • Asterix

    I see Mark Meadows is threatening Paul Ryan.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!!

    • Resistor Radio

      And someone’s grandma in Russellville sent a strongly-worded email to Tom Cotton, the state police are on their way to lock her up ASAP.

  • Angela Ruzzo

    It took John Adams three weeks to travel by horseback, at his own expense, from Boston to Philadelphia to attend the Continental Congress in 1774, and he made this trip twice a year for two years. It took him six weeks each way to sail to Paris in 1777 as a representative of the Continental Congress to the French monarchy, and another 6 weeks each way when he returned to Paris in 1782. It also took six weeks for him to sail to England when the US Congress sent him there as their first ambassador to Britain in 1785. Congress kept promising to pay for these trips, but Adams didn’t receive the funds for several years, forcing John’s wife, Abigail, to mortgage their farm and borrow money. The Adamses were by no means rich. Scott Pruit is not a billionaire, but he does have a net worth of between $1 and $5 million. He might want to read a biography of John Adam’s and learn a few lessons.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      DT: “He never got a shiny skyscraper though, did he?”
      MP: “Well sir, he does have a mountain named after him.”
      DT: “Why don’t I have a mountain? The bigliest mountain! That Everclear one!”
      MP: “Everest. That’s not in the US sir, it’s in Nepal.”
      DT: “Declare war on Nepal immediately. Also, you’re fired!”
      MP: “Yes sit. See you tomorrow, sir.”

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    How in God’s name are Trump’s approval ratings going UP? We’ve lost our generic edge in congressional races, too. I guess Americans are thrilled that they can finally write off the maintenance costs on their private jets?

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      lots of people can be bought off with a $10 per week bump in after tax earnings- at least until April 2019, when they discover how much of that bump was the result of underwithholding and that instead of getting a couple thousand back, they now owe that much to the IRS. Of course that won’t happen until after the midterms, funny how that works

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        Yes, It’s also funny how their taxes will go up substantially in a few years, when Dems will be back in power.

        • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

          They know the dance steps.

      • IMPOed

        Well, they ain’t stupid, they have endless money and years of planning to get this far, a few more positive outcomes and they will open the Constitution, then we will, Officially, be Fucked!!

      • Lord Jim

        Did they not notice that these paltry tax cuts in their bracket expire several years down the road? At which time they will probably see a tax increase? While the tax breaks for the plutocrats will be permanent?

        Why do I even bother?

        • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

          No. They won’t sadly.

        • theblackdog

          They don’t care because they got their money now, also because it fucks over the poor people.

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            and FREEDUMB!

          • Snowbound Ron

            They THINK they got their money now. They’re so flat-out dumb they got bought off with fairy gold.

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      Turnout Turnout Turnout

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      Bear in mind, it’s not 50-50. It’s more like 40-40 now, with 20% up in the air. It’s just the Republicans coming home because they got their tax cut.

      The undecideds are still undecideds, because they’re stupid.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        I can’t bear the thought of Trump gloating after Republicans hang on to both houses. I think It’s going to embolden them even more to do even worse shit than they’ve already been doing. Grrrr….

        • Rebel Scum with permit

          I don’t think it’s going to happen. Our voters are angry, they’re energized, and they’re flipping seats right and left.

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            I hope you’re right. I sent $20 to conor lamb, even though I’m pretty sure he’ll lose.

          • Rebel Scum with permit

            Me too.

          • Rebel Scum with permit

            I sent him money too, I mean. He seems a likely young fellow.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      You might say he has supporters crawling out of the woodwork these days. Or maybe the trash heap?

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        Or maybe the gulag?

        • Ray in VT

          Are they escaping from the FEMA camps that Obama set up?

          • Snowbound Ron

            Darn those 33-foot ladders!

    • FeloniousMonk

      Well he hasn’t insulted any military widows, orphans, or gold-star parents, for at least a few weeks now!

  • Zippy W Pinhead
  • Reximus
    • Zippy W Pinhead

      only guy they deny clearance to is the one who admitted smoking pot when he was younger

      SMH

      • FeloniousMonk

        You’re supposed to DENY it, so then it could be used to blackmail you later … uh … no. You’re supposed to ADMIT it even though honesty proves unfitness for the job ….
        This is almost as dumb as when they used to deny clearances for being gay, admit it or not.

    • FeloniousMonk

      Denied for “his past marijuana use” according to Politico. Is that really something that somebody could be blackmailed for? Seriously?

      • Snowbound Ron

        Yes.
        – Jeffrey Keebler Sessions

    • yyyaz

      Not to mention he once was warned about jaywalking.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      Was it interim NSA chief Sergey Kislyak?

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Arrogant prick. If you weren’t walking around with a security detail nobody would even notice you.

    • Snowbound Ron

      Bet a cookie he got a security detail so he WOULD be noticed. Cuz important and shit.

  • Resistor Radio

    (a guy with dark glasses, chewing a toothpick and flipping a coin)

    Dangit, Dok! This line made me lose fifteen minutes of my afternoon, looking for a clip of Sheldon Leonard’s tout bit from The Jack Benny Program, “hey bud…c’mere a minute…”. Yes, I realize this is only funny to me and like three other people, but it’s really funny to me! (Couldn’t find a clip, booooo)

  • IMPOed
  • Latverian Diplomat

    “I don’t think you people realize the challenges I face. In just the time it takes to fly from NYC to DC, it’s not easy to guzzle a Double Magnum of champagne.”
    — Scott Pruitt, public servant

  • pgjack

    Imagine if any of Obama’s cabinet had done such things. Pruitt should be scraped off the sole of America’s shoes.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    “He’s trying to further positive environmental outcomes and achieve tangible environmental results”

    I’m glad he’s so concerned about his personal environment, but it would be nice if he also gave a shit about the planet’s environment, not to mention the taxpayers’ FFS.

  • Metroliner

    Terrorists only fly coach. Don’t you know anything?

    • Ray in VT

      Outraged lefties don’t have the money to fly first class.

  • BUT HILLARY DID TRAVELGATE!!!11!1!

    • WotsAllThisThen

      Hillary did Hillarygate. I don’t know what that is, but it must be bad if it has her name in it.

  • Rebel Scum with permit

    You can’t even squeeze your ass into coach with the unwashed masses for a flight between DC to NY? What is that- 45 minutes of discomfort? And Crom forbid, as a servant of the public, one of those unwashed masses might say something that displeases you. 99.9% of Americans wouldn’t recognize your faceless entity anyway. Snowflake.

    • Snowbound Ron

      DC to NY, you take the train. It’s just as fast and the seats are really comfy.

      • Rebel Scum with permit

        If you have to go from LA to San Jose or Sacramento, you take Southwest. First class means you get on the plane first and get a free drink with your peanuts. Unless you want to charter a private plane, take the bus, or mail yourself in a FedEx box. Our train isn’t a great option.

        • Snowbound Ron

          That’s too bad. I’ve long thought California needs something like Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor – certainly the population warrants it.

    • rg9rts

      hey the trumpkins are paying the freight

  • gnomemansanisland

    Another Koch abomination

  • WotsAllThisThen

    He’s a busy man and the front of the airplane always arrives at the airport first, saving valuable time.

  • WotsAllThisThen

    You’d think Oklahoma’s finances would be doing better since he left.

    • Snowbound Ron

      Unfortunately he emptied all the bank accounts on his way out.

    • ohpaleasegivemeabreak

      Governor Mattress Mary The Adulteress is still there funneling money to the rich.

  • Opalescent Riddles

    “We live in a very toxic environment politically, particularly around issues of the environment … We’ve reached the point where there’s not much civility in the marketplace…

    Maybe people have read loud and clear that you are paving the way for corporations to literally poison our land and water, which exists for the common good, NOT for your rich buddies to exploit for their sole financial gain, you fucking FUCK.

  • Bitter Scribe

    What next? The secretary of transportation gets his own yacht because he’s nominally chief of the Coast Guard?

    • Snowbound Ron

      To save money he’ll get the USS Iowa recommissioned and use that to sail to Cabinet meetings.

  • theblackdog

    It bears repeating, I hate that as a GS fed I’m held to a higher standard (and hold myself to a higher standard) than these asshats.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Also too VA Chief David Shulkin used taxpayer money to fly his wife to Europe. CoS made up that he was receiving a fake award to justify. Also accepted tickets to Wimbledon.

  • Lord Jim

    Which environmental outcomes is he trying to improve by flying to ROME?

    • An Outhouse for the résistance

      The outcome where he is laying nekkid next to an Italian model.

    • SDGeoff3

      Bringing more spaghetti trees over to combat air pollution.

  • NotDarkYet
  • Lord Jim

    “He’s trying to further positive environmental outcomes and achieve
    tangible environmental results” through his travel, she said, adding
    that in the case of the New York trip, “He’s communicating the message
    about his agenda and the president’s agenda.”

    This is just fucking pure arglebargle. This is a fucking middle finger three inches in front of our collective faces.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      You want to communicate your message? Try a fucking press release or talk to reporters. Flying to Rome doesn’t communicate shit…

      • Opalescent Riddles

        It tells me he’s a grifter. It might not be the message he wants to convey, but it’s A Message, and it’s true.

    • Opalescent Riddles

      It seems like you have well understood “the message about [Pruitt’s] agenda and the president’s agenda.” So the communication must have been clear enough; it’s just that we don’t like the message.

    • Opalescent Riddles

      If there ever was a more generic bizspeak line than “he’s trying to further positive… outcomes and achieve tangible… results” I’ve not heard it. Who DOESN’T try to do that?

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        How many boxes does that check off on the corporate Bingo card?

        • Opalescent Riddles

          I count 4.

    • Ray in VT

      The first bit of the first sentence is a total lie if he’s out there promoting his and the President’s agenda.

    • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

      …By allowing he Koch brothers to pollute as much as they want.

  • Reximus
    • gnomemansanisland

      “Unfortunately it’s a really tiny story. Really tiny.” –

      Stormy Daniels

      • BreakingDeadMen

        Orange you sad it wasn’t a banana?

        • Beelzebubba

          “Is that a ChapStick in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?”

      • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

        And very, very short.

      • ohpaleasegivemeabreak

        She’d already noted that he was really bad in bed.

    • Lord Jim
    • Zippy W Pinhead

      OOPS!

    • Opalescent Riddles

      PREPARE FOR INCOMING!

      DISTRACTION FROM ACTUAL RUSSIA STUFF COMING IN 3… 2… 1…

      • Miles Monroe
      • JustDon’tSayCAPSLOCK!!!

        I think IS the distraction. Valentine’s Day massacre in 3… 2… 1…

        • Opalescent Riddles

          You understand me perfectly. Can’t say whether Cohen’s smart enough to have engineered it this way, but this is a big distraction. Actually, two big distractions, plus a little one, if we follow gnomemansanisland’s lead.

          • JustDon’tSayCAPSLOCK!!!

            I admit to being distracted. But I’m at work so I had to scroll the pic offscreen.

    • Red Richmond

      WHOA IF TRUE? Even bigger WHOA if she actually starts talking? Way to step on your own dicks you witless morans!

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/916e5f568a6c60d4b6a1899c8f7d9d293ff0c3d523936f4df15683df2ff87026.gif

    • JustDon’tSayCAPSLOCK!!!

      RUH ROH !!!

    • Snowbound Ron

      Well, that was $139,000 well spent.

    • Beelzebubba

      Well, it’s not as if Trump would sue her if she did talk.
      (For breaking the fake news, never-happened NDA.)

    • rg9rts

      lets go back to Kimmel now

    • Uncle Zor

      Oops, how’s that well-oiled machine rolling along then?

  • Lord Jim

    Though it’s strictly OT, I’m tossing this out before I forget:
    Former Senior FBI Official Is Leading BuzzFeed’s Effort to Verify Trump Dossier

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      I’ve been waiting for that one to reach critical mass- gonna be hysterical when they confirm everything, including the pee tape

  • Grokenstein

    But never forget that ALGOREISFAT and a liar also, too, but especially a hypocrite, because he lives in a house with electricity and not a cave and wipes his ass with paper instead of leaves!!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d719113dffff8622cf3a1fbba82d3d2b0345f2b8ae504a9c17620949766fbd04.gif

  • Angela Ruzzo

    Has anyone in the federal government ever heard of video conferencing? The technology is pretty good these days. My last employer installed state-of-the-art video conferencing in their offices in 6 different states, and then they fired the guy who had been traveling around doing on-site training.

    • LeighBowery’sLuxuryComedy

      We have weekly conferences by Skype with management down in Florida (to Ohio) and sometimes even get the British guy in on it. From Britannia.

    • SDGeoff3

      Remember the last conference call they tried?

  • Hanaka

    Did he refine his expensive tastes in OK? Is that part of the reason they can’t afford to keep schools open more than 4 days a week? GTFO Plundering Pruitt. ETA GRIFTY BASTARDS

  • Snowbound Ron

    ‘Scuse me, but how the fuck does a mere agency head rate an ENTOURAGE?

  • Tony Prost

    this guy is a gazillionaire…why doesnt he just pay for his own ticket. He was accustomed to doing it when he was a civilian.

    • phoenix00

      He’s taken tips from his boss, who really pays all his own bills. Really.

  • Beelzebubba

    Love the 747 ad, but I’m not sure that’s an attempt to look like a ’70s lounge, or an attempt to lampoon a ’70s lounge.

    • The 70s were always on the cutting edge of self-parody.

      • doktorzoom

        So say all of us who ever put on a leisure suit.

        In my defense, it was in 8th grade and my mom made me wear it.

  • Royal Ugly Dude

    Donald Trump has not commented on Pruitt’s pricey travel because he’s been too busy saying nice things about wife beaters.

    Like this?
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cb1a42a0907930064602ea4a657e5ae8d80a04285ccb6a0cf66522d3beb03cd0.png

    • Uncle Zor

      I see the “artist” really nailed that perfect physique with all the accuracy one would expect. Now if only he was riding a shark that was strapped to the top of a T-Rex … oh shit, is that eagle firing an assault rifle? Silly me, of course it is.

  • mardam422

    They don’t have those cakes he likes in coach.

  • cmd resistor
  • He *is* effectively communicating his message: nobody matters but the members of the oligarchy and those directly loyal to them.

  • Uncle Zor

    You know it’s definitely not a failing democracy being overtaken by kleptocratic oligarchs when the goddamn EPA administrator requires an overblown personal security force as well as first-class accommodations to keep the filthy commoners at bay.

  • rg9rts

    He has special dispensation from god

  • Bebecca

    Another ‘the help did it” kind of guy

  • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

    Pruitt told the paper that the decision to routinely fly business class and first class across the country and even internationally stemmed from unspecified threats early in his tenure at EPA.

    So….terrierists wouldn’t attack him if he was in First Class, but they’d be on him like white on rice if he was in Coach? “No, Abdul…we cannot touch the infidel! He is in FIRST CLASS!”

    • Cat Cafe

      Exactly! “Unspecified threats” means “Americans who are angry at him for being a terroristic threat to America”

    • Trumpsters_are_fools

      dude! he might get the MIDDLE SEAT in coach and be threatened with not getting an arm rest!!!11!!

  • alpacapunchbowl

    Considering how blatant this ass is about his grifting, there’s got to be something behind the scenes that is a go-to-jailable offense. I hope someone’s looking into it.

  • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

    We live in a very toxic environment

    No, dipshit. The people of Flint, Mich live in a very toxic environment. You, on the other hand, are an entitled fuckwit snowflake princess whose constitution is clearly much too delicate to breathe the same air as the hoi polloi in business class.

    politically

    Oh, politically. Why didn’t you say so? Could that have anything to do with your fuckwit boss calling Nazis “good people”?

    • phoenix00

      Of course *he’s* the victim. When Dotard isn’t the real victim.

  • Vel Venturi

    Whatever happened to those cloth coat Republicans?

    Also, first class is now a safe space?

  • Dept. of Space Tacos

    what are the chances he got to skip the TSA lines?

    fuckers.

  • this country says it’s about

    He’s not a vulture – vultures actually CLEAN UP the environment.
    Here in Washington State we have the Hanford Site, a decommissioned and
    demolished nuclear production complex operated by the United States
    federal government on the Columbia River. The budget Trump is wanting makes a large cut in funding for the cleanup and maintenance of this facility. Just within the past few months a twenty foot long section of a radioactive waste storage tunnel collapsed.
    I could have sworn I heard the Mango Maniac repeatedly say he wants to keep Americans “safe”. Apparently in his mind, keeping us from being exposed to swarthy skinned foreigners is more important than keeping us from being exposed to cancer causing isotopes and eating salmon that glow in the dark. F**k the wall, take care of the truly dangerous shit of our own creation that is lying around our country!

  • Sakonyachen

    Pitchfork

  • clairence

    How many TrumpOfficials visit Pruitt in his ‘cone of silence’? Because that sounds an awful lot like that ‘secure back channel’ that Jared was angling for with the Russians. Not that there’s anything wrong with that (oh wait, yes there is).

    • gingerland62

      It would be a shame if Pruitt’s cone of silence got stuck in Jared’s back channel .

      • SDGeoff3

        : )

  • James Lamere

    “Scott you have to get off the plane . I know how much you like first-class , but you cannot live here .We have strawberries and ice cream in the limo .”

  • rg9rts

    he did travel business class and only cost you $6,000

  • Zyxomma

    Sigh. Dismantling environmental protections is SO much work! How else to turn the USA into a shithole country?

  • rg9rts

    $90,000 in June for him and staff….politico

  • ez

    Trump only hires the ‘best’ people

    Bigots
    Egotists
    Scammers
    Traitors

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