Trump Accepts Scott Pruitt Resignation After EPA Chief Reaches Peak Swampiness

Trump Accepts Scott Pruitt Resignation After EPA Chief Reaches Peak Swampiness

"I don't think there was any question of effectiveness of Scott Pruitt, and I think Andrew [Wheeler] will be in the same lane", Dempsey said.

But this less flashy style is unlikely to endear him to environmental groups that had been critical of Pruitt.

He had also ordered his EPA staff to do personal chores for him, picking up dry cleaning and trying to obtain a used Trump hotel mattress for his apartment.

Pruitt's tenure at the EPA was rocky from the start.

Pruitt was critical of the EPA in his career as Oklahoma Attorney General, suing the agency 13 times to try and stop emissions rules and block regulations that impeded coal-fired power plants and calling for the EPA to be eliminated entirely. "However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally (and) my family are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us".

"We deserve to have somebody at the EPA who actually does protect our environment, somebody who believes in climate change and takes it seriously for the benefit of all of us, including our children", Mink tells Pruitt in the video.

"I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency", Trump announced on Twitter.

As recently as June 8, Trump praised Pruitt, telling reporters on the South Lawn of the White House that the EPA administrator was "doing a great job within the walls of the EPA", and that "we're setting records".

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The problems will continue for both men: Pruitt still faces a dozen investigations and must file forms disclosing his income -and his wife's.

As acting EPA head, "Andrew Wheeler is well prepared to continue the progress already made under President Trump", Barrasso added. He had also enlisted his staff to contact conservative groups and companies to find a lucrative job for his unemployed wife, including emails seeking a Chick-fil-A franchise from a senior executive at the fast-food chain.

"Clear-eyed leadership at EPA could help prevent the carbon bubble we are headed for as fossil fuel reserves end up stranded and potentially trillions of dollars get wiped off energy company books", Whitehouse said in a statement emailed to NPR.

Now, in Wheeler, Murray not only has one of his former lobbyists inside the EPA, he has them running it.

But even with the bad publicity, Pruitt, 50, has widely been considered a potential candidate for either governor or U.S. Senate. His firm was paid $300,000 previous year.

So he posted the tweet announcing Pruitt's resignation while aboard Air Force One en route to a rally in Montana and later praised Pruitt as a "terrific guy" - a distinct departure from the terse tweets that ousted former secretary of state Rex Tillerson, former national security adviser H.R. McMaster and former health and human services secretary Tom Price.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt listens to questions as he testifies before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 26, 2018. Tom Carper of DE, long a vocal critic of Pruitt's.

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