Fox News to ‘Discipline’ Employees Who Allowed Scott Pruitt to Review Scripts Before Appearances

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Fox News said Tuesday it intends to “discipline” network employees who agreed to let former EPA boss Scott Pruitt review scripts ahead of his appearances on the cable channel’s popular “Fox & Friends” morning show,  The Associated Press reports.

Fox News reps did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday evening. But earlier in the day, the network told TheWrap in a statement: “This is not standard practice whatsoever and the matter is being addressed internally with those involved.”

The network did not say who was being disciplined or what that action would entail.

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Fox News came under fire Tuesday morning after admitting that several of its morning producers gave Pruitt interview questions and allowed his team to pick topics and review the show’s script in advance of his on-air appearances, a big no-no in journalism.

According to emails obtained by the Sierra Club via a Freedom of Information Act request and shared with TheWrap, Fox News producers and EPA staffers showed remarkable levels of pre-show cooperation between media and government officials that fall well outside journalistic practices.

“Would this be okay as the setup to his segment?” Fox producer Diana Aloi asked EPA press secretary Amy Graham before a May 2017 appearance by Pruitt, according to one email. Graham had already sent Aloi several talking points Pruitt wanted to cover during his “Fox & Friends” hit.

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“There’s a new direction at the Environmental Protection Agency under President Trump–and it includes a back-to-basics approach,” Aloi wrote. “This after the Obama administration left behind a huge mess more than 1,300 super-fund sites which are heavily contaminated–still require clean-ups. So why was President Obama touted as an environmental savior if all these problems still exist?”

Graham was apparently satisfied, responding, “Yes — perfect.” The following day’s show stuck to the agreed-upon script.

While feeding public officials pre-show questions and giving EPA officials script approval is usually considered taboo for journalists, this arrangement wasn’t abnormal for Pruitt at the network.

According to the emails, Pruitt’s team routinely reviewed talking points with Fox News producers beforehand — talking points that network hosts rarely deviated from. Coal mining and a claim President Trump’s border wall would endanger jaguars were two other topics greenlit by Pruitt’s team and discussed on the show.

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Pruitt worked hard to cultivate his warm relationship with Fox, according to The Daily Beast, the first outlet to report this story. “In the early months of the administration, Pruitt’s staff reached out to numerous Fox News hosts and reporters to set up off-the-record lunches and dinners,” according to The Daily Beast. “When Pruitt had to cancel a ‘Fox & Friends’ interview last-minute, his team solicited the hosts’ addresses to send them personal apologies for canceling.”

The relationship between Pruitt and “Fox & Friends” — believed to be one of President Trump’s favorite shows — was so cozy that the ex-EPA head seemed to be blindsided when host Ed Henry pressed him on accusations of impropriety that eventually led to his resignation last July.

Henry grilled Pruitt on a myriad of topics, including a Capitol Hill condo he rented for $50 per-night from a fossil fuel lobbyist, hefty EPA raises and the hiring of EPA Superfund manager Albert Kelly, despite his ban from the banking industry.

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“I thought we were going to talk about substantive issues,” Pruitt protested toward the end of his April interview. “We are talking about substantive issues,” Henry shot back.

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Fox News Admits Allowing Ex-EPA Chief Scott Pruitt to Review ‘Fox & Friends’ Scripts Before Appearances

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Fox News on Tuesday admitted that “Fox & Friends” producers gave former Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt interview questions and allowed his team to pick topics and review the show’s script in advance of his on-air appearances.

“This is not standard practice whatsoever and the matter is being addressed internally with those involved,” a Fox News spokesperson told TheWrap on Tuesday, who did not respond to questions about whether any disciplinary measures would be taken.

According to emails obtained by the Sierra Club via a Freedom of Information Act request and shared with TheWrap, Fox News producers and EPA staffers showed remarkable levels of pre-show cooperation between media and government officials that fall well outside journalistic practices.

“Would this be okay as the setup to his segment?” Fox producer Diana Aloi asked EPA press secretary Amy Graham before a May 2017 appearance by Pruitt, according to one email. Graham had already sent Aloi several talking points Pruitt wanted to cover during his “Fox & Friends” hit.

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“There’s a new direction at the Environmental Protection Agency under President Trump–and it includes a back-to-basics approach,” Aloi wrote. “This after the Obama administration left behind a huge mess more than 1,300 super-fund sites which are heavily contaminated–still require clean-ups. So why was President Obama touted as an environmental savior if all these problems still exist?”

Graham was apparently satisfied, responding, “Yes — perfect.” The following day’s show stuck to the agreed-upon script.

While feeding public officials pre-show questions and giving EPA officials script approval is usually considered taboo for journalists, this arrangement wasn’t abnormal for Pruitt at the network.

According to the emails, Pruitt’s team routinely reviewed talking points with Fox News producers beforehand — talking points that networks hosts rarely deviated from. Coal mining and a claim President Trump’s border wall would endanger jaguars were two other topics green lit by Pruitt’s team and discussed on the show.

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Pruitt worked hard to cultivate his warm relationship with Fox, according to The Daily Beast, the first outlet to report this story. “In the early months of the administration, Pruitt’s staff reached out to numerous Fox News hosts and reporters to set up off-the-record lunches and dinners,” according to The Daily Beast. “When Pruitt had to cancel a ‘Fox & Friends’ interview last-minute, his team solicited the hosts’ addresses to send them personal apologies for canceling.”

The relationship between Pruitt and “Fox & Friends” — believed to be one of President Trump’s favorite shows — was so cozy that the ex-EPA head seemed to be blindsided when host Ed Henry pressed him on accusations of impropriety that eventually led to his resignation last July.

Henry grilled Pruitt on a myriad of topics, including a Capitol Hill condo he rented for $50-per-night from a fossil fuel lobbyist, hefty EPA raises and the hiring of EPA Superfund manager Albert Kelly despite his ban from the banking industry.

“I thought we were going to talk about substantive issues,” Pruitt protested toward the end of his April interview. “We are talking about substantive issues,” Henry shot back.

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Hollywood Left Goes to Town on Scott Pruitt: ‘Imagine Being Too Corrupt for the Trump Administration’

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After President Trump accepted Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt’s resignation on Thursday, Hollywood stars took to Twitter to chastise his scandal-ridden tenure.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, along with Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, called Pruitt the “worst EPA administrator” the country has ever had. “It’s about time time,” tweeted the “Terminator” star, adding, “He will go down in history books the worst EPA Administrator we’ve ever had.”

“Trump finally told Pruitt to put the lotion in the basket,” wrote comedian Kathy Griffin, referencing Pruitt asking his security detail to pick up personal items such as his dry-cleaning and lotion. “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill also criticized Pruitt’s personal expenses, sarcastically saying he did an “outstanding job” as the head of the EPA.

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And while they didn’t name Pruitt outright, actor Mike Birbiglia mocked Trump’s initial decision to hire him and Patricia Arquette said “The Earth just breathed a sigh of relief.”

Trump finally told Pruitt to put the lotion in the basket https://t.co/5gwHBVl3Od

— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) July 5, 2018

It’s about time time. He will go down in history books the worst EPA Administrator we’ve ever had. https://t.co/jnyazIbtyo

— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) July 5, 2018

Scott Pruitt was the worst EPA administrator in the history of the agency. Not only has he acted, time and time again, in an unethical manner, but he has led the agency in exactly the wrong direction. https://t.co/iRUR6sST5e

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) July 5, 2018

I think most of us agree that Scott Pruitt should pay back the money he stole but ALL of us agree that he can keep the used Trump mattress.

— Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) July 5, 2018

Scott Pruitt is why @MarkBurnettTV owes America #ApprenticeTapes @MGMTelevision One 12 hr Trump Tower Board Room Shoot. We deserve to see the man you created behind your curtain Mark Burnett. You make hundreds of millions @NBCTheVoice @ABCSharkTank @survivorcbs THE WORLD SUFFERS.

— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) July 5, 2018

“Imagine being too corrupt for the Trump administration.” Bye, Scott. https://t.co/trfbBqK05x

— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) July 5, 2018

he only hires the best people.

— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) July 5, 2018

The second most corrupt person in Trump’s administration just resigned. Now let’s get the biggest Swamp Thing outta there.

— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) July 5, 2018

Ding dong. https://t.co/RHiWUiidTf

— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) July 5, 2018

Scott Pruitt allegedly asked aides to buy a used hotel mattress and track down specific moisturizing lotion. Can we make a general rule that nobody can serve in the government if they can’t figure out Amazon Prime?

— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) July 5, 2018

Scott Pruitt spotted leaving his official ce pic.twitter.com/BtpCSVhJTo

— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) July 5, 2018

Can we demand that Scott Pruitt pay us back? Asking for a nation of ripped-off taxpayers.

— Wil ‘this account mocks fascists’ Wheaton (@wilw) July 5, 2018

Scott has done an outstanding job spending $3M on his Personal Security Detail-$43K Phone Booth $5700K Door Locks $1500 Fountain Pens while rolling back vital environmental protection laws & his future as manager of his wife’s new Chik-Fil-A is very bright! pic.twitter.com/cgt3VaTbdV

— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) July 5, 2018

Goodbye you ethically corrupt Lying, environment destroying, payola taking, trump enabling crony-!! https://t.co/OSh1mmoKaE

— John Leguizamo (@JohnLeguizamo) July 5, 2018

They have replaced him with someone hideous

— Rosanna Arquette (@RoArquette) July 5, 2018

Pruitt’s resignation comes at just after a swath of ethical gaffes on his part surfaced, such as demoting staff members who questioned him, requesting expensive travel, and ordering official EPA employees to complete personal errands.

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In terms of environmental actions, Pruitt led the charge in urging President Trump to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and has supported the fossil fuel industry.

Trump announced his resignation on Twitter on Thursday.

I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this. The Senate confirmed Deputy at EPA, Andrew Wheeler, will…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2018

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Fox News host Laura Ingraham urged President Donald Trump to fire EPA chief Scott Pruitt for “bad judgment” in a tweet on Wednesday.

Ingraham’s message came in response to a story originally reported in the Washington Post that said Pruitt used his position to help his wife, Marlyn Pruitt, find a job in conservative political circles. Pruitt has been accused of several other misuses of power, including wasteful spending on travel and questionable purchases with government money.

PRUITT BAD JUDGMENT HURTING @POTUS, GOTTA GO: Pruitt had aide, GOP donors help wife find job: report https://t.co/p7dhOK58Sh

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) June 13, 2018

Although Ingraham usually agrees with Trump, her message on Wednesday was different from the president’s. Trump has repeatedly praised Pruitt and recently told CNN that he is “doing a great job in the walls of the EPA” but is “being attacked very viciously by the press.”

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In recent months, Ingraham has faced a number of controversies. In March, Ingraham was criticized for accusing Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg of “whining” and ultimately became the subject of an advertising boycott campaign. She lost 27 advertisers, including TripAdvisor, Hulu, and Honda, but her ratings spiked after the boycott with a 25 percent increase in total views.

She was also accused of pregnancy discrimination in a lawsuit filed by her former personal assistant, Karolina Wilson.

Pruitt has faced multiple scandals during his tenure, including increasing the salaries of friends working in his agency — after the White House expressly told him not to — and staying in a rental property owned by an energy lobbyist for far below market value.

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Seth Meyers: ‘Trump Assumes Most People Would Lie to Get Out of Trouble Because He’s Always Lying to Get Out of Trouble’ (Video)

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“Late Night with Seth Meyers” returned on Monday after a week off, and Meyers trotted out a pretty epic edition of “A Closer Look” to celebrate, focusing largely on the mounting unease in the Trump administration as Michael Cohen and Scott Pruitt face increasing scrutiny from federal investigators.

Meyers’ best zinger came right at the end, so we’ll start with that. Meyers looked at Donald Trump’s sketchy tweet thread from the weekend in which he denied reports that folks in his inner circle are afraid that Michael Cohen would flip on him if threatened with jail time, saying that he trusted Cohen’s loyalty. And also this: “Most people will flip if the government lets them out of trouble, even if it means lying or making up stories.”

“Of course Trump assumes most people would lie to get out of trouble because he’s always lying to get out of trouble,” Meyers said. “If the feds put pressure on him, there’s a good chance he’ll flip on himself.”

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Earlier in the segment, Meyers was discussing the apparent fear some Republicans have of being identified as associating too closely with the legally fraught Trump at this point.

“It’s no wonder some Republicans are running for the exits and distancing themselves from the president as Trump threatens to drag them down in November. Statistically speaking, anyone who gets too close to Trump has a good chance of being raided by the FBI. First the FBI raided Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. Then the FBI raided his personal attorney Michael Cohen. At this point, even the kid who mowed the White House lawn is worried the FBI is going to kick his door in,” Meyers joked.

“Of course, Cohen is the one who orchestrated Trump’s hush payment to Stormy Daniels through a shell company and is now being investigated for bank fraud, wire fraud, and federal campaign finance violations. Now, with the Cohen investigation intensifying, Trump and his allies are out in public doing what any innocent person would do, freaking out about whether cohen is going to flip.”

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Cue a montage of folks on TV news having that conversation, culminating with a friend of Cohen on MSNBC saying that Cohen told him that he’d “rather jump out of a building than turn on Donald Trump.”

“Think about how crazy this is. Michael Cohen isn’t saying Trump is innocent. He’s saying, ‘I would never rat him out.’ It’s just taken for granted that Trump did something illegal. Like if your wife asked your best friend about your guys weekend at Vegas and he said, ‘Hey, bros before hoes,’ ” Meyers joked.

“But Trump’s closest allies apparently aren’t so sure Cohen will stand by Trump. Trump’s longtime attorney and personal friend Jay Goldberg publicly warned last week that Cohen would turn on Trump. Goldberg told the Wall Street Journal that he spoke to Trump by phone and told him, ‘Mike will never stand up for you.’ Goldberg added that even hardened organized crime figures flip under pressure from the government. Quote, ‘The mob was broken by Sammy ‘The Bull’ Gravano caving in out of the prospect of a jail sentence.’ And if Sammy the Bull flipped, you know Michael the Bulls— definitely will.”

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You can watch all of the “A Closer Look” segment from Monday night’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” in the video embedded at the top of this post.

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President Donald Trump isn’t quite ready to abandoned his EPA chief Scott Pruitt, defending him in a tweet Friday morning, while also dismissing a report that Attorney General Jeff Sessions would be ousted in favor of Pruitt.

“Do you believe that the Fake News Media is pushing hard on a story that I am going to replace A.G. Jeff Sessions with EPA Chief Scott Pruitt, who is doing a great job but is TOTALLY under siege?” wrote Trump. “Do people really believe this stuff? So much of the media is dishonest and corrupt!”

Do you believe that the Fake News Media is pushing hard on a story that I am going to replace A.G. Jeff Sessions with EPA Chief Scott Pruitt, who is doing a great job but is TOTALLY under siege? Do people really believe this stuff? So much of the media is dishonest and corrupt!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 6, 2018

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Earlier this week, CNN reported that, far from being terminated, President Trump was considering a promotion for his EPA administrator.

“He was 100% still trying to protect Pruitt because Pruitt is his fill-in for Sessions,” an unnamed person who is familiar with the situation told the network.

The CNN report, however, contradicts other news reports on the matter.

The EPA chief has faced multiple embarrassing scandals this week, including upping the salaries of friends working in his agency (after the White House expressly told him not to) and staying in a rental property owned by an energy lobbyist for far below market value.

Pruitt also sat for a disastrous interview with Fox News reporter Ed Henry, who subjected him to merciless grilling on Wednesday evening.

“If you’re committed to the Trump agenda, why did you go around the president and the White House to give pay raises to two staffers?” Henry demanded.

“I did not. My staff did. I found out about that yesterday and I changed it. I issued a statement yesterday walking back those pay raises that should not have been done,” Pruitt stammered. It went south from there.

As a press briefing that same day, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders declined to defend Pruitt as his troubles mounted.

“The president thinks that he’s done a good job, particularly on the deregulation front,” Sanders told reporters. “But again, we take this seriously and we’re looking into it, and we’ll let you know when we’re finished.”

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On Thursday night’s episode of his show, Seth Meyers spent a new “A Closer Look” examining Donald Trump’s various situations, from the Russia situation to the Stormy Daniels situation to the situations involving shenanigans in Trump’s cabinet.

Meyers began by lampooning Trump’s claim that nobody has been tougher on Russia than he has, listing off a half-dozen ways that actually he’s been the opposite of tough. And then he transitioned from that to Trump’s reported musings about replacing his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, with EPA chief Scott Pruitt, which would be such a comically fraught move in ways that maybe we haven’t even considered yet.

“Now Trump has been upset for months that his attorney general Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation. He wants someone who could exert influence over the probe and potentially shut it down. Which is why it was alarming today when CNN reported that Trump floated replacing Sessions with Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, as recently as this week,” Meyers said before delivering his best zinger of the segment.

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“Trump just keeps moving staffers around. It’s like he’s rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic after it already sunk. He moved John Kelly to chief of staff, Ronny Jackson to Veteran Affairs, now he wants to move Pruitt to attorney general. Our only hope is that he gets carried away and accidentally replaces himself. ‘I move Kelly to chief of staff. “ruitt to attorney general. I made a move, I’m very excited about it, I moved Pence to president. Oh, no! Oh, no, what’s left for me? Janitor?!’”

Meyers then moved to the current reason Trump is upset about the whole Russia thing — his former campaign manager Paul Manafort once again being in the crosshairs of the Russia investigation.

“I got to say, I’m not surprised they’re investigating Paul Manafort for possibly colluding with the Russians. I mean, look at him. He has resting crime face. He looks like a guy who gives you instructions in ‘Grand Theft Auto.’” Meyers joked, before discussing the news that special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly told Trump’s lawyers that Trump is not at this time a criminal target of his investigation.

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“So the president’s former campaign chairman, already under indictment, is also under investigation for possibly colluding with Russia. But what about Trump himself? On Tuesday night, the Washington Post reported that Mueller told Trump’s attorneys the president remains under investigation but is not currently a criminal target,” Meyers said. “Now, that’s not really a meaningful distinction. You can easily go from being the subject of an investigation to being the target of that investigation. And for their part, Trump’s allies seem concerned that this might actually be a ploy by Mueller to try to lure Trump into agreeing into an interview and getting him to say something that would make him a criminal target.”

Meyers then played a montage of Fox News hosts expressing that exact concern — that Mueller is trying to trick Trump into incriminating himself,

“Maybe it is a trap, but in fairness, it’s not too hard to trap Donald Trump. He seems like a guy who would put out mousetraps and then 30 seconds later go, ‘Oh, wow, free cheese! ahh!’” Meyers joked, as he pantomimed Trump getting his hand caught in his own mousetrap.

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You can watch all of the “A Closer Look” segment from Thursday’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” in the video embedded at the top of this post.

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.@EPAScottPruitt pushes back on pay raise, condo controversy in Fox exclusive with @edhenry https://t.co/zGKS2NOXtV pic.twitter.com/IHxOwBCf0V

— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 4, 2018

Fox News reporter Ed Henry raised some eyebrows Wednesday after subjecting EPA chief Scott Pruitt to a brutal grilling on his network.

Henry took Pruitt to task over a decision at the EPA to dole out pay increases to his friends even though those same raises were rejected by the White House when Pruitt formally requested them.

“If you’re committed to the Trump agenda, why did you go around the president and the White House to give pay raises to two staffers?” Henry demanded.

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“I did not. My staff did. I found out about that yesterday and I changed it. I issued a statement yesterday walking back those pay raises that should not have been done,” said Pruitt.

Henry pressed on, noting that the individuals singled out for pay increases were friends of Pruitt from Oklahoma and even brought up the median American income to drive home the point.

“Both of these staffers who got these large pay raises are friends of yours — I believe from Oklahoma, right. They’re friends of yours,” said Henry. “One of them got a pay raise of $28,000 the other was $56,000 do you know what the median income in this country is? $57,000 a year. So one of your friends from Oklahoma got a pay raise that’s the median income.”

It wasn’t a good moment for Pruitt who was left insisting that there was in fact no pay raise because he reversed it. Pruitt is also facing heat for staying in a pricy D.C. rental for $50 a night — well below the market value.

Media reports in recent days have broadly concluded that Pruitt’s days in D.C. are numbered. At the White House press briefing Wednesday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders declined to offer much support.

“We take this seriously and we’re looking into it, and we’ll let you know when we’re finished.”

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Jane Goodall Warns Ivanka Trump She’s ‘In a Position to Do Much Good or Terrible Harm’

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Conservationist Dame Jane Goodall was quoted in Ivanka Trump’s new book, but she isn’t happy about it.

In Ivanka’s memoir “Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success” published Tuesday, the first daughter describes what it’s like to be a working mother, and uses a quote by Goodall as a source of inspiration.

“What you do makes a difference,” the quote written by Goodall reads, “and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

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While these may be wise words to live by — the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees and animal welfare expert did not know her quote was going to be included in Ivanka’s memoir, and has some personal advice for her.

“I sincerely hope she will take the full import of my words to heart. She is in a position to do much good or terrible harm,” Goodall said in a statement to CNNMoney.

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“Legislation that was passed by previous governments to protect wildlife such as the Endangered Species Act, create national monuments and other clean air and water legislation have all been jeopardized by this administration,” Goodall continued, referring to President Trump’s legislation that many believe is damaging to wildlife consecration.

“I hope that Ms. Trump will stand with us to value and cherish our natural world and protect this planet for future generations.”

Scott Pruitt, a climate change denier, was appointed to lead Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency, which recently removed information on climate change from its website.

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Goodall, 83, who has dedicated her life environmental conservation and animal activism, founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977 to create programs that promote environmentalism. She also holds the honorary title of messenger of peace for the United Nations and has served on the board of the Nonhuman Rights Project since its founding in 1996.

In a follow-up statement to CNN, Ivanka Trump’s representatives reiterated that the book is not political.

“Ivanka has always believed that no one person or party has a monopoly on good ideas,” the statement said. “When she was writing this book, she included quotes from many different thought leaders who’ve inspired Ivanka and helped inform her viewpoints over the years.”

Trump’s book hasn’t been received well, especially after an excerpt from it was published on Fortune. It describes the hardships of being too busy to get massages or having the time to meditate, which is not considered relatable to many working mothers.

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EPA Removes Climate Change Page From Website To ‘Reflect Agency’s New Direction’

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If you’re looking for info about climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website is not the place to go.

Friday, the eve before tens of thousands took to the streets of Washington D.C. for the Climate March, the page relating to climate change and the Obama administration’s main emissions regulation for power plants was removed from www.epa.gov. J.P. Freire, the EPA’s associate administrator for public affairs said in a statement that the change was made to “reflect the agency’s new direction under Donald Trump and Administrator Scott Pruitt.”

“As EPA renews its commitment to human health and clean air, land and water, our website needs to reflect the views of the leadership of the agency,” Freire wrote. In its place, a story about the EPA “complying with President Trump’s executive order on energy independence, which undoes former-President Obama’s climate agenda.”

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“We want to eliminate confusion by removing outdated language first and making room to discuss how we’re protecting the environment and human health by partnering with states and working within the law.”

The White House stirred emotions when it removed a climate change page from its website shortly after Trump’s inauguration, claiming it was part of an “overhaul of the site.” But the president terminated his predecessor’s Clean Power Plan via executive order in an effort to revive the coal industry.

Both Trump and Pruitt have been vocal about their disbelief of the science behind climate change. The POTUS famously tweeted in 2012 “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

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And in May 2016, Pruitt wrote: “Healthy debate is the lifeblood of American democracy, and global warming has inspired on of the major policy debates of our time. That debate is far from settled. Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind… Dissent in not a crime.”

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Stephen Hawking on Potential Second Trump Term: ‘God Forbid’ (Video)

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British scientist Stephen Hawking worries he “may not be welcome” in President Trump’s United States.

Hawking — a recipient of the prestigious US Franklin medal for science and the presidential medal of freedom — has been critical of Trump in the past, saying, “He is a demagogue, who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator,” in an interview with ITV last year.

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“I have many friends and colleagues [in the US] and it is still a place I like and admire in many ways… but I fear that I may not be welcome,” Hawking said on ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” on Monday morning.

Hawking said Trump winning the election is “a definite swing to a right-wing.” “Trump was elected by people who felt disenfranchised by the governing elite in a revolt against globalisation” he added. “His priority will be to satisfy his electorate, who are neither liberal nor that well informed.”

Hawking was particularly critical of Trump’s appointment of Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, calling Pruitt, “a man who does not believe that carbon dioxide causes climate change… climate change is one of the great dangers we face, and it’s one we can prevent.”

The famed scientist continued: “It affects America badly, so tackling it should win votes for [Trump’s] second term, God forbid.”

Check out the video above.

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