Another day, another scandal for EPA chief Scott Pruitt.
The Environmental Protection Agency administrator asked staff members to run personal errands for him while on duty, according to separate reports Thursday, including picking up snacks and driving him around in search of his favorite body lotion.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Pruitt ordered an aide to find him a used mattress from a Trump hotel and tried to use his influence to get his wife a Chick-fil-A franchise. Pruitt has also been accused of a laundry list of management missteps, wasteful spending and ethics violations.
On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that Pruitt ordered members of his 24/7 protective detail, which reportedly costs taxpayers $3.5 million a year, to pick up his dry cleaning, and drive him to multiple locations in search of his favorite body lotion from Ritz-Carlton hotels.
Ritz-Carlton offers two lotions on its website, the signature Ritz-Carlton Moisturizer, “lightly scented with sweet notes of ylang ylang, jasmine and uplifting bergamot,” and Asprey Purple Water Hand & Body Lotion, “punctuated with notes of spicy ginger and sweet orange flowers.” It was unclear why Pruitt could not order the lotion online.
Postmates, the on-demand errand service, wasted no time in offering to help.
hi just FYI we are a company called Postmates and we are willing to drive all over the city looking for a very specific fancy moisturizer so your security detail doesn’t have to
— Postmates (@Postmates) June 7, 2018
Separately, the Daily Beast reported Pruitt frequently sends staffers to fetch him snacks while he’s at the office, including protein bars and Greek yogurt, as well as finger foods from gourmet-food retailer Dean & Deluca.
Politico also reported Thursday that Pruitt ate lunch so often at the White House mess hall — a small, modestly priced restaurant run by the U.S. Navy for White House officials — that an official had to tell Cabinet members that it was not for everyday use, and they shouldn’t use it as their personal dining hall.
Pruitt has increasingly come under fire for his actions, with a number of Democratic lawmakers urging he be fired. Republicans are less than amused too.
“He is acting like a moron and he needs to stop it,” Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., told CNN on Thursday.