Trump Accepts Scott Pruitt Resignation After EPA Chief Reaches Peak Swampiness

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Scandal-hit Scott Pruitt has resigned as head of the US Environmental Protection Agency.

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". ObamaCare navigators antsy about funding Huawei: FCC proposal would hurt poor, rural communities Trump gave the giant Chinese cellphone maker a stay of execution MORE (R-Fla.) for president.

"Scott Pruitt was the worst EPA administrator in the history of the agency". His most prominent former client, coal magnate Robert E. Murray, is an aggressive opponent of important air-pollution rules that the Obama EPA tried to impose and that Mr. Pruitt began the process of ripping up. He said Pruitt could overcome criticism from environmental groups and unflattering stories in the media, but not the lengthy list of political scandals that includes asking EPA staff to pick up dry cleaning and trying to obtain a used Trump hotel mattress for his apartment. The president cheered his EPA chief's moves to boost fossil fuel production and roll back regulations opposed by corporate interests.

Wheeler "has the potential to be just as destructive", said Michael Mikulka, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 704.

Pallone last month accused Pruitt's EPA of "betraying the bipartisan effort" that led to passage led to a law updating federal chemical regulations and was named for the late U.S. Sen. He faced more than a dozen federal probes over such controversies, according to The Hill.

Pruitt, 50, and his office, which he led since 2017, had come under fire for extravagant spending habits, including on first-class travel, pay raises to top aides and a $43,000 soundproof booth. But he told The Washington Post, which first uncovered the blog post previous year, that he came to support Trump later in 2016, after Rubio exited the race, when Trump spoke at an event hosted by coal mining company Murray Energy Corp., one of his lobbying clients. And while he heralded Pruitt's resignation, he said it was "long overdue". The Washington Post reported Pruitt had aides try to get her a job at the Republican Attorneys General Association with a salary topping $200,000 per year.

"His policy actions as administrator don't cost him in this state".

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

"It has become increasingly challenging for the EPA to carry out its mission with the administrator under investigation", said Barrasso, who is from Wyoming.

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