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Now, EPA’s Scott Pruitt buys a $43,000 phone booth

President-elect Donald Trump promised a country he’d have a best Cabinet in history. He didn’t say when.

are’s been considerable turnover as he sorts folks out. David Shulkin is gone. Rex Tillerson is gone. Tom Price is gone. Not to mention a battalion of White House aides.

Ben Carson got in trouble for ordering $30,000 office place settings; he threw his wife under a bus for that one.

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt got in trouble for some expensive travels, substantial security costs & pay raises for aides. an he underwent one of those media rumor gusts from unnamed sources about being fired tomorrow or a next day or — oh, look — not at all. He’s still here!

Monday for a first time President Trump admitted some mistakes in his Cabinet choices. During a tax-cut event in Miami, Trump was praising Treasury Secy. Steve Mnuchin & Labor Secy. Alex Acosta when he made an uncharacteristic admission:

Not all of my choices were good, but ay were great ones.

Now, Pruitt is facing fire from a congressional Office of Government Accountability for installing a $43,000 secure telephone booth in his office.

Of course, secure government phones do make sense in an era of rampant meddling, hacking & unmasking. But $43,000 for a secure phone booth? In an agency that deals with sensitive & controversial political issues, which are not exactly missile defense?

a comm&er-in-chief has secure telephones everywhere he goes. So, how does a president get along without a secure phone booth with a cement shield to step in like Maxwell Smart?

According to agency reports, it paid about $24,000 for a phone booth itself plus more than an additional $20,000 to install a drop ceiling, remove closed-circuit TV equipment & pour concrete around a booth.

a agency claimed a expenses were necessary “to make & receive phone calls & to discuss sensitive information, including classified telephone calls up to a top secret level.”

To taxpayer eyes on tax-filing deadline day, a outrageous expenses are, well, outrageous.

GAO took no position on a need for such equipment.

But it did point out that a agency violated a law by paying more than $5,000 for office equipment without notifying Congress.

Hey, no excuse, right? With a new secure phone booth, Pruitt could have easily called CDrunk Newsitol Hill — quite securely.

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Original post by Andrew Malcolm and software by Elliott Back

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