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June 7, 2018 6:43 p.m.

Weekly Primer: A Coal CEO’s ‘Action Plan’ For The Trump Admin Is Paying Dividends

This week, we learned EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had a staffer contact the president of Chick-fil-A to try to land his wife, Marlyn, a franchise deal. Pruitt was unapologetic. News broke Wednesday that two top staffers of Pruitt’s who received five-figure raises in their first months on the job had resigned. One of them, scheduler Millan Hupp, shopped for apartments and looked into acquiring a used Trump Hotel mattress at the administrator’s request. She also signed off on $1,560 in custom fountain pens. An EPA spokesperson called the reporter who broke Hupp’s resignation a “piece of trash.” Sarah Greenwalt, the other top staffer to resign, reportedly claimed that Pruitt had approved her five-figure raise. (They weren’t the only staffers to receive huge raises.) The Washington Post reported the next day, citing two unnamed sources, that Pruitt had his 24/7 security detail fetch his dry cleaning and, strangely, his favored moisturizer. The former chair of Pruitt’s Superfund Task Force didn’t really know anything about Superfund sites.…

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