Trump tweets that EPA chief Scott Pruitt has resigned

Friday, 06 Jul, 2018

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is the latest high-profile casualty of President Donald Trump's administration, after he resigned his role amid a swirling ethics scandal.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before a Senate Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the proposed budget estimates and justification for FY2019 for the Environmental Protection Agency on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 16, 2018.

Mr Trump confirmed Mr Pruitt's resignation on Twitter, saying he had done "an outstanding job". Andrew Wheeler, Pruitt's deputy, will take over as acting administrator Monday, Trump said in the tweets. He continued in that role through previous year and lobbied the Trump Administration on behalf of Murray Energy even while being considered for the deputy administrator role at the EPA.

In the resignation letter that Pruitt sent to President Trump, he said "it is extremely hard for me to cease serving you in this role". "However the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us".

The news network reported Tuesday that Pruitt - who faces more than a dozen ethics and spending probes - appealed to Trump to make the change during an Oval Office meeting this spring.

A manager at Teasim, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said she was surprised by Pruitt's lunch choice.

Pruitt has been part of the Trump administration since the beginning.

As a lobbyist with the firm Faegre Baker Daniel, one of his major clients has been the nation's largest private coal company, Murray Energy, whose CEO Bob Murray has been a generous Republican donor and Trump supporter.

"The great majority goes to effective fact-based research of quality journalists who exposed the depth of Scott Pruitt's corruption", she said. Pruitt, the former Oklahoma state senator and attorney general, lasted a lot longer than seemed possible, given his reputation for liberal personal use of taxpayer funds and coziness with lobbyists.

The president said that the agency's deputy administrator, Andrew Wheeler, will become the acting administrator of the agency. As Pruitt's controversies grew in April, the Union on Concerned Scientists said it would have serious concerns if Wheeler were made EPA administrator.

There were other expenses, including the fact that Mr. Pruitt installed a $43,000 soundproof phone booth in his office, and that there were charges of retaliation against both career and political aides who raised concerns about some of these decisions.

"We urge him to immediately commit to undoing the massive damage to EPA's work done under Pruitt's leadership".