Trump tweets he accepts resignation of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

Trump tweets he accepts resignation of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

The praise for Pruitt was far from universal.

"I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency". "The Trump EPA continues to undo critical health protections that safeguard our communities from unsafe chemicals and ensure Americans have safe drinking water and clean air". He worked in the EPA under former President George H.W. Bush, spent years as a senior aide in the Senate working to defeat climate-related legislation and most recently was a lobbyist with many clients in the coal industry.

Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, said the EPA will continue to put the health of American families in jeopardy under Wheeler's leadership. "While I disagree with Andrew Wheeler on many environmental policies, particularly coal, I know him personally as someone with high ethical standards and don't expect him to engage in pervasive corruption like Pruitt".

Pruitt has been embroiled in controversy throughout his short tenure as EPA chief.

Some of the ethics accusations involved jobs for Pruitt's wife. Pruitt confirmed he had his staff reached out to the CEO of fast-food franchise Chik-fil-A to look into a possible location for his wife to take ownership of - the deal never happened.

While Mink's suggestion wound up becoming reality, she said she doesn't believe EPA is being handed over to someone that will switch gears anytime soon. Democrats accused him of endless misconduct.

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Mr Pruitt, a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, also was known for questioning the human role in global climate change. In fact, he penned an op-ed in January 2017 in which he lauded the former Oklahoma Attorney General as the ideal man to undo environmental regulations put in place by the Obama administration. Many on the Right noted that Pruitt's behavior was either similar or better than that of previous EPA administrators.

Mr Pruitt also was instrumental past year in lobbying Mr Trump to withdraw the United States from the global 2015 Paris climate accord to combat global warming.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News.

Ding dong, Scott Pruitt has resigned.

On Tuesday, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said the president and White House were looking into "troublesome" reports about Pruitt.

GAO found in April that Pruitt's installation of a $43,000 soundproof phone booth violated federal spending laws because EPA didn't notify lawmakers that it exceeded the $5,000 limit for agency heads to improve their offices. The group Save the US EPA keeps a roster of endangered programs. The Washington Post reported that a longtime Pruitt friend and lobbyist helped arrange the trip and later registered as a foreign agent representing Morocco.

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