Corrupt EPA Adminstrator Scott Pruitt. Photo: Greg Nash

By Max Greenwood
6 June 2018

(The Hill) – 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."

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. [more]

EPA spokesperson calls reporter 'a piece of trash'

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