"We deserve to have somebody at the EPA who actually does protect our environment, somebody who believes in climate change and takes it seriously, for the benefit of all of us, including our children", the teacher said.
"I had to decide what to say, he's so scandal-ridden", Mink told The New York Post. She also urged him to resign.
In the never-ending stream of ethical scandals clouding EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's tenure, more bombshells hit Monday and Tuesday as reports surfaced of Pruitt's secret calendar, his jockeying to get his wife a cushy job and his manipulation of staffers to save himself money. Occasionally appearing to refer to notes and speaking calmly, she cites his actions on water and air quality protection and tells him his policies have benefitted corporations over the environment.
Mink teaches sixth grade at the prestigious Sidwell Friends school in Washington, DC, while counts Malia Obama, Chelsea Clinton, Punisher's Jon Bernthal, and even Bill Nye as alumni.
He is the latest administration official to be confronted while dining by a member of the public who was protesting Trump policies. She just went up to him, her toddler in her arms, and told him to resign.
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The restaurant has since been besieged by protestors and death threats. Nielsen was a staunch defender of the administration's policy of forcibly separating children from their parents after entering the United States illegally.
The EPA's inspector general, the Government Accountability Office and the White House are investigating numerous allegations concerning Pruitt's spending on first-class travel and security, his dealings with subordinates and with lobbyists, and other matters. Pruitt and bodyguards left the restaurant before she sat back down.
Some of the hidden meetings reportedly ranged from coal industry CEO Joseph Craft and other industry executives, to Kellyanne Conway, to Cardinal George Pell, a Vatican official and climate change skeptic who weeks later was hit with sex crimes charges.
"Administrator Pruitt always welcomes input from Americans, whether they agree or disagree with the decisions being made at EPA", Lincoln Ferguson, EPA spokesman, said in a statement.
The EPA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.