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Trump’s EPA chief plans last-minute taxpayer-funded trips to Taiwan, Latin America

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Out-going EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler recently directed aids to plan trips for himself and his chief and deputy chiefs of staff, Mandy Gunasekara and Michael Molina.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic precautions, the visit to Taiwan requires a chartered flight costing over $250,000, with an additional $45,000 costs for the 10-person delegation’s three-day visit in December. There is no specific event planned for Taiwan or in Latin America, where there was no policy goal stated for the trip, but simply a preference that they’d like to go to Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic, according to The New York Times.

If those aren’t available, apparently they are open to visiting other countries in the region, during which time there are no major environmental conferences and for which there has been nothing officially scheduled, instead of preparing the EPA offices for the incoming Biden administration.

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