Scott Pruitt’s $50-per-night condo looks really bad

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

There has been no shortage of questionable travel arrangements made by President Trump’s Cabinet-level officials. But Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s $50-per-night rental agreement is pretty swampy.

Take a look at this first paragraph from the Associated Press’s story, which builds upon reporting from ABC News and Bloomberg:

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency paid just $50 a night to stay in a Capitol Hill condominium linked to a prominent Washington lobbyist whose firm represents a roster of fossil fuel companies.

So much about this raises red flags.

First off, the rental was per night, rather than monthly. This allowed Pruitt to have a home on Capitol Hill — just blocks from the Capitol, no less — for $6,100 over about six months, according to Bloomberg. Regardless of the size of Pruitt’s room, paying about $1,000 per month to live on Capitol Hill is a deal that is basically impossible to beat — if not unheard-of. And for proof, look no further than Pruitt’s new apartment. Since ending this arrangement, he is living in a building where rents for one bedroom range between $3,100 and $4,500 per month, The Post’s Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin report.

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