Trump Accepts Scott Pruitt Resignation After EPA Chief Reaches Peak Swampiness

06 July, 2018, 06:01 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Kristoffer Tripplaar  Sipa via AP

Frank Pallone Jr., who had demanded EPA head Scott Pruitt's resignation for months, welcomed the administrator's departure Thursday.

Mr Trump, whose decision to quit the Paris climate accords was vociferously defended by Mr Pruitt, may be changing his mind now though with November's mid-terms looming and Democrats knocking his pledges to "drain the swamp" of Washington graft.

Scott Pruitt, Trump's exceedingly corrupt chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, has resigned.

Environmental Protection Agency Chief Scott Pruitt reportedly sent a resignation letter to President Trump on Thursday after numerous negative allegations against him. Trump could also choose to nominate Wheeler himself, although he said last week that he wasn't gunning for the job.

Wheeler, a former Senate staffer and EPA employee who spent the past decade representing coal, mining and other energy companies, will take the helm of the agency on Monday, Trump tweeted.

"I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda", the president tweeted.

Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general, made a name for himself by suing the very agency he would end up leading, urging the EPA to roll back regulations.




But some worry that his promotion may accelerate the Trump administration's determined dismantling of the EPA. "I knew that I had to say something".

Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute who has known Wheeler for years, told Breitbart News that he is up to the job, especially given his past work at the EPA.

Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, said Mr. Pruitt "will go down in history as a disgrace to the office of EPA administrator".

"Cowardly Pruitt had no response", Mink wrote on Facebook, and she said he left the restaurant before she returned to her seat several tables away. Pruitt set up a legal defense fund as he grappled with multiple investigations into his time at EPA.

Despite the laundry list of ethics complaints putting him on thin ice, Pruitt was invited to and appeared at the White House on Wednesday for Trump's Independence Day celebration, where he and other cabinet members received a shout-out from the president. He rented an apartment linked to oil industry lobbyists in a pricey neighbourhood of the capital for a mere US$50 a night, a sum he only paid on nights he actually slept there. Pruitt's corruption reached the point that his own ethics chief recently called for increased scrutiny from the Office of Government Ethics. "He's literally sacrificing the air, the water, the coastal communities, the natural resources that all our children are going to inherit, and he should have to think about that".

Mink, a schoolteacher and mother of a 2-year-old son, set social media ablaze earlier this week after she posted a video of her calmly asking Pruitt to resign while he was eating lunch at a Washington restaurant.

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