Fox News host Steve Hilton called on President Donald Trump to fire EPA chief Scott Pruitt, saying that while the president has made gains in draining the swamp, there are members of his own administration undermining that agenda.
And while such an ambitious agenda takes time, it’s worth noting that “the swamp,” better known as the political class, is doing all it can to resist this effort.
“President Trump’s historic election win was driven in part by a drain-the-swamp agenda,” Hilton said. “An agenda we strongly support here on ‘The Next Revolution’ and in many ways the president has delivered, banning officials from lobbying for foreign governments after they leave the administration and preventing them from lobbying agencies where they once worked.”
Hilton said Trump has also cut regulations, “which means less bureaucracy and that means less opportunity for lobbying and corruption.”
But he added this agenda “is undermined when members of his own administration don’t live up to the drain the swamp standards.”
Citing a Public Citizen study, Hilton explained that the results show “a shocking number of former lobbyists now working in this administration and regulating the same interests they used to lobby for.”
He highlighted “a number of higher-level officials have abused their power,” former Cabinet officials David Shulkin and Tom Price being at the top of the list.
Also named was Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who “has reportedly not flown on a single commercial flight for business-related travel since taking office.”
“But none of President Trump’s appointees have been under more scrutiny for swampy behavior than EPA chief Scott Pruitt,” Hilton concluded.
Dismissing an ordered probe into Pruitt’s “exorbitant spending,” the Fox News host said “the last thing we need in Washington is another investigation.”
“What we need is for President Trump to take the lead, fire Scott Pruitt and throw out the lobbyists from his administration,” he declared.
Hilton said the ‘drain the swamp’ agenda is vital to Trump’s electoral success and is “a huge part of the change that needs to happen in Washington.”
“Too many people there still seem to think it’s business as usual,” he said. “President Trump show them they’re wrong and go drain that swamp.”
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