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Dem asks EPA’s Pruitt if Morocco is a ‘s---hole’ country

Dem asks EPA’s Pruitt if Morocco is a ‘s---hole’ country
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Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthHouse Republicans add 5 members to incumbent protection program House votes to add requirements for Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits Warren blasts Senate's 'dumb' rules, offers to hold Duckworth's baby while she votes MORE (D-Ill.) asked the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tuesday whether he believes Morocco is a “shithole” country.

The question came as Duckworth was scrutinizing EPA Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Overnight Defense: First Gitmo transfer under Trump could happen 'soon' | White House says Trump has confidence in VA chief | Russia concedes 'dozens' of civilians injured in Syria clash MORE’s recent official trip to the North African nation, in part to promote liquefied natural gas exports.

“Can I assume that like all decent Americans, you did not find Morocco, a North African nation, to be a shithole when you visited?” Duckworth asked Pruitt at an Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing.

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Duckworth was immediately cut off by committee Chairman John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoThe 14 GOP senators who voted against Trump’s immigration framework Overnight Energy: Senate panel advances Trump pick for EPA No. 2 | Pruitt questions ‘assumptions’ on climate | Dems want Pruitt recused from climate rule review Senate panel advances Trump pick for No. 2 official at EPA MORE (R-Wyo.) because her time for questioning Pruitt had expired.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE reportedly described African nations, as well as Haiti and El Salvador, in an immigration meeting with lawmakers earlier this month at the White House as “shithole countries."

The comment has angered Democrats, some Republicans and leaders of many of the nations Trump referred to.

Duckworth criticized Pruitt for taking the Morocco trip, saying it is not the responsibility of the EPA administrator to promote natural gas exports.

“While your home state of Oklahoma is the third-largest producer of natural gas in the country, I don’t understand what the sale of natural gas has to do with the EPA’s mission,” she said.

“Promotion of natural gas is the kind of thing that the secretary of Energy or perhaps someone running for governor of Oklahoma or some other elected office there, but not consistent with what the head of the EPA should be doing.”

Pruitt, the former attorney general of Oklahoma, has long been rumored to be eyeing an elected office in the state, such as governor or senator.