January 30, 2018

What Scott Pruitt thought of Trump two years ago

Salon  In a newly surfaced interview from 2016, [EPA chief Scott Pruitt slammed the then-candidate, suggesting Trump was a threat to the Constitution and that he was a "bully" and "dangerous."

The comments came back to bite Pruitt as he was grilled during a Senate committee hearing on Tuesday morning.

Pruitt's remarks stemmed from an interview on Feb. 4, 2016, when Pruitt was a guest on "The Pat Campbell Show," The Washington Post reported. At the time, Pruitt was the attorney general of Oklahoma, as well as a policy adviser to Jeb Bush, who was contending for the GOP nomination.

"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. "I believe that Donald Trump in the White House will be more abusive to the constitution than Barack Obama and that’s saying a lot.

Asked if he was a Trump supporter, Pruitt said, "No."

He added, "I really believe he [Trump] would use a blunt instrument. This president [Barack Obama] at least tries to nuance his unlawfulness."

"Donald Trump has said many, many times they want . . .  I’ll do this I’ll do that. And those things that he’s mentioned cannot be done," Pruitt added. "I think executive orders with Donald Trump would be a very blunt instrument with respect to the Constitution."-

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