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Offbeat EPA spokesperson calls reporter 'a piece of trash'

01:10  07 june  2018
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The spokesperson for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is under fire after he called a reporter a “ piece of trash ” when she called him asking for a comment on a story she was working on about the latest scandal to hit Pruitt’s office.

Last Tuesday, EPA spokesperson Jahan Wilcox refused to respond to questions from news reporters regarding Pruitt’s stated plans to make agency science more transparent by requiring new rules be based on studies for which all data is made public

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A spokesperson for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) derided a reporter for The Atlantic as a "piece of trash" as he ended a phone call with her.

Reached by phone, EPA spokesperson Jahan Wilcox declined to comment for a story about a top aide to Administrator Scott Pruitt resigning.

"You have a great day, you're a piece of trash," Wilcox told Atlantic reporter Elania Plott, she wrote in her story about the resignation of Pruitt's scheduler, Millan Hupp.

Wilcox did not immediately respond to an email from The Hill seeking comment on the reported remark.

The Trump administration has had an often-fraught relationship with the press, which President Trump frequently dismisses as the "fake news media."

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EPA spokesperson called police on North Dakota reporters trying to cover Pruitt event. Instead, she sent a caustic comment by email: “No matter how much information we give you, you would never write a fair piece .

EPA spokesperson Liz Bowman sent this response This is a vast improvement from four years ago when E&E reported that the Society of Environmental Journalists called that EPA an ‘incredibly secretive’ agency .”

Pruitt and some of his top aides have faced a barrage of negative press in recent months over controversies ranging from the administrator's use of first- and business-class travel to his below-market-rate rental of a Capitol Hill condo from the wife of a prominent energy lobbyist during his first months in office.

Hupp reportedly tendered her resignation shortly after congressional Democrats released transcripts Monday from an interview in which she said Pruitt assigned her numerous personal tasks, including trying to buy a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel.

Pruitt appears to remain in good standing with Trump, despite the controversies and reported entreatments from White House chief of staff John Kelly and others to fire the EPA chief, The Atlantic reported.

Trump praised Pruitt on Wednesday, saying he's been doing "doing really, really well."

"Somebody has to say that about you a little bit, you know that, Scott," Trump said.

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