Scott Pruitt likes protein bars. That’s one of a few little nuggets we learned today from this report in The Daily Beast, which alleges that the embattled EPA administrator regularly sends staffers out to pick up snacks—that is, when they weren’t trying to help his wife get an in at Chik-Fil-A, picking up used Trump mattresses, fetching dry cleaning, or nabbing bottles of Ritz Carlton hand lotion.
The Daily Beast cites four sources. Some describe Pruitt’s requests as “constant,” others as “frequent.” “I can’t tell you how many times I was sent out to get protein bars,” one source said. Pruitt also seems to have a taste for sweets and fancy-ass snack foods:
Pruitt’s tastes in snacks are rather refined, according to former aides. He is particularly fond of finger food from the upscale eatery Dean & Deluca, according to a former EPA official. Pruitt is also particular about his coffee tastes, the former official said, and would often direct an aide to brew him pour-over coffee, which he prefers to more run-of-the-mill brewing methods.
Only the best while you’re poisoning the planet, one supposes.
The Daily Beast received the following statement from an agency spokesperson in an email:
EPA will not be commenting on anonymous sources who are working to distract Americans from Administrator Pruitt’s accomplishments on regulatory certainty and environmental stewardship.