Republican Sen. John Kennedy: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt 'acting like a moron'

Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy blasted embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt f...

Posted: Jun 7, 2018 2:55 PM
Updated: Jun 7, 2018 2:55 PM

Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy blasted embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt for "acting like a moron" Thursday, warning that Pruitt's ongoing ethics scandals are "hurting the President, and therefore he's hurting the country."

"I don't know Mr. Pruitt," Kennedy told CNN's John Berman on "New Day." "I'm not commenting on his professional judgment, I'm commenting on his personal judgment."

Pruitt is the subject of about a dozen inquiries to his role as administrator and this week has seen a steady stream of Republicans criticizing him. Two of Pruitt's top aides at EPA resigned this week amid scrutiny over the agency's excessive spending on travel, security and office renovations.

President Donald Trump, for his part, expressed confidence in Pruitt Wednesday, saying, "EPA is doing really, really well. And you know, somebody has to say that about you a little bit. EPA is doing so well ... I think people are very happy with the job that's being done at the EPA."

Kennedy seemed less impressed with Pruitt's work at the EPA.

"Well, I support many of the new policies of the EPA," Kennedy said, before adding, "They're not Mr. Pruitt's policies. They're President Trump's policies."

"Some of these things that Mr. Pruitt apparently has done, I know some of them are allegations, some of them are facts," Kennedy continued. "He is acting like a moron and he needs to stop it. It's not personal but he just needs to stop acting -- mismanaging in this way."

West Lafayette
Clear
33° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 33°
Kokomo
Clear
30° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 25°
Rensselaer
Clear
28° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 28°
Fowler
Clear
28° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 28°
Williamsport
Clear
32° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 32°
Crawfordsville
Clear
30° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 25°
Frankfort
Clear
31° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 31°
Delphi
Clear
30° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 30°
Monticello
Clear
30° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 30°
Logansport
Clear
32° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 32°
Dry Weekend with Coldest Weather of the Fall So Far on Sunday Night
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 172730

Reported Deaths: 4260
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion26807796
Lake15074371
St. Joseph10092174
Elkhart9783146
Allen9123235
Hamilton6697120
Vanderburgh640572
Tippecanoe424616
Porter372351
Hendricks3532139
Monroe345038
Johnson3438132
Delaware326378
Clark318865
Vigo293042
Madison270398
LaPorte248867
Cass234426
Kosciusko219529
Warrick212166
Floyd193369
Howard176267
Wayne156933
Dubois155727
Marshall154930
Bartholomew153259
Grant141240
Henry140530
Boone134850
Hancock130244
Noble129335
Jackson125420
Dearborn109728
Lawrence104238
Morgan103040
Gibson98212
Clinton97816
Daviess96036
Shelby95737
Knox89210
LaGrange85115
Fayette84922
Harrison83524
DeKalb82413
Posey8058
Putnam80017
Jasper7395
Miami7205
Steuben7059
Montgomery66622
White65816
Adams6337
Greene60838
Scott57916
Decatur56239
Whitley5216
Ripley5178
Wabash5079
Wells50412
Huntington4985
Clay4927
Starke4929
Sullivan48114
Spencer4436
Randolph43911
Orange43625
Perry42114
Jefferson4165
Fulton4159
Washington4143
Jennings40213
Franklin39625
Jay3816
Pike37018
Carroll36413
Fountain3643
Tipton29423
Vermillion2911
Rush2734
Parke2724
Blackford2555
Newton24411
Owen2251
Martin2070
Pulaski1874
Crawford1691
Brown1523
Ohio1457
Union1280
Benton1160
Switzerland1070
Warren1021
Unassigned0236

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events