WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has pushed out its regional boss for California and other points West. And that's touched off an unusual public dispute between the two about the reason why.
Ousted San Francisco-based EPA head Mike Stoker had been a fervent supporter of Donald Trump. He'd been best-known for coming up with the chant “Lock her up" about Hillary Clinton at Trump rallies.
In a statement, Stoker suggests he drew unfavorable Trump administration attention because Democratic lawmakers praised his work on environmental issues in the West.
An EPA spokeswoman says excessive travel and incompetence led to his abrupt ouster.