EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt discussed a variety of issues on Fox & Friends this morning, from employees using encrypted text messaging, his agency’s pro-growth agenda, and frivolous lawsuits.
According to the conservative-leaning watchdog group Judicial Watch, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staffers have been using the Signal app to communicate using encrypted text messages.
Judicial Watch is suing to have the text messages released. The suit alleges that rogue EPA staffers are using the technology to undercut the Trump administration and the EPA’s new administrator while circumventing federal archiving laws.
Pruitt called the encrypted texting troubling and he was addressing the problem. The EPA employs about 15,000 career staffers. He partly blames the employees’ rebellious behavior on the ideological changes at the EPA. “There’s been a change of direction at the EPA,” Pruitt told the Fox & Friends’ hosts.
Pruitt said to expect more changes coming out of the EPA. He stressed you can have “jobs and growth” and a clean environment, adding: “It was the Obama administration that said you had to choose the environment at the expense of jobs.” He also said the agency will help the president build the border wall by dealing with environmentalists.
He also recognized that Washington, including the EPA, has become too bloated and his agency needed to spend more time in the field.