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Pruitt Took Charter, Military Flights That Cost Taxpayers More Than $58,000

Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has taken at least four military and noncommercial flights since mid-February, at a cost of $58,000 to taxpayers, according to a Washington Post report. The most expensive trip cost $36,068.50, when the administrator took a trip in early June from Andrews Air Force Base to Cincinnati, where President Trump was pitching a plan to revamp U.S. infrastructure. Pruitt and several of his staff members then traveled to Italy to attend an international meeting of environmental ministers. The White House had approved the trip. “When the administrator travels, he takes commercial flights,” agency spokeswoman Liz Bowman told the Post on Wednesday, noting that the four exceptions were due to specific circumstances.