Al Gore: Trump should fire Pruitt

Al Gore: Trump should fire Pruitt
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Former Vice President Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreAl Gore: 'This experiment with Trumpism is not going well' Protecting democracy requires action from all of us Poll: Democrat Bredesen leads GOP's Blackburn by 5 points in Tennessee Senate race MORE said Saturday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE "ought to fire" Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittGovernment watchdog probing EPA’s handling of Hurricane Harvey response Wheeler won’t stop America’s addiction to fossil fuels Overnight Energy: Trump rolls back methane pollution rule | EPA watchdog to step down | China puts tariffs on US gas MORE amid a series of controversies. 

"Donald Trump ought to fire him," Gore said in an interview on CNN's "The Van Jones' Show."

"It won't do him any good for me to say that," Gore added. "But if I told him to keep him on, maybe that would make him fire him."

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Gore's comments come as Pruitt faces a series of controversies over issues ranging from his past living arrangements in a condo owned by the wife of a prominent energy lobbyist to his high travel and security expenses. 

A growing number of lawmakers have called for the EPA chief's resignation in the face of the controversies. Pruitt has denied any wrongdoing. 

Gore, a longtime environmental advocate who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, told CNN that Pruitt's actions give the appearance of corruption within the government, and that most Americans likely see the scandals as problematic. 

"I will tell you that I would be very surprised if 90 percent of the American people looking at that situation did not think that there was the appearance of outright corruption there," Gore said.
 
"Regardless of party, regardless of ideology or his policies, the American people have a right to believe there is some modicum of integrity in the way our government is operating," he added.