A cloud of controversy follows EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wherever he travels.
Pruitt has come under fire for a number of allegations, including spending habits in the office, asking staff to run personal errands, and asking for special favors for his wife.
Calls for his resignation have increased.
Pruitt left a meeting at the Nebraska Farm Bureau headquarters in Lincoln Thursday evening without talking to reporters about the issues.
Gov. Pete Ricketts, speaking to reporters after the meeting, declined to say whether Pruitt should resign.
“That’s a president’s decision, not my decision. That’s way above my pay grade,” Ricketts said. “I will tell you that again this EPA administration has been great to work with, that they have been accessible.”
Ricketts attended the meeting Pruitt held with members of the Common Sense Nebraska coalition as did Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson.
Nelson, when asked about Pruitt’s status, said he understood why the question was asked, but added despite the controversy, it’s good for Nebraskans to provide input to the chief of the Environmental Protection Agency.
“This is the EPA administrator that we have today,” Nelson said. “There are very important issues at EPA that we need to deal with and so as long as he is the EPA administrator, that’s who we will work with.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]