Trump Accepts Scott Pruitt Resignation After EPA Chief Reaches Peak Swampiness

06 July, 2018, 19:31 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Pruitt aides reveal new details of his controversial spending and management at EPA

"We deserve to have someone 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", Kink told a dead quiet Pruitt. Pruitt and his activities have been the subject of numerous investigations by the EPA's inspector general, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Government Accountability Office, the White House Office of Management and Budget, and the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. Hart's husband, J. Steven Hart, who is also a lobbyist, met with Pruitt at the same time that he was leasing that room.

Even some prominent conservatives had started calling for Pruitt's resignation, including Sen.

"Pruitt is the swamp". Pruitt is the seventh person to leave a Cabinet-level post in the Trump administration.

Here are some things to know about Pruitt's second-in-command, who needs Senate confirmation before he becomes the agency's permanent leader.

Wheeler's resume reads like an environmental advocate's nightmare for green groups that push for stronger environmental protection. "The Trump EPA continues to undo critical health protections that safeguard our communities from risky chemicals and ensure Americans have safe drinking water and clean air". Conservationists complain the EPA's mandate is being weakened dramatically under Trump, who's come out in favor of coal and against clean energy.

President Donald Trump announced in a tweet that he had accepted Pruitt's resignation and that he thought Pruitt had done an "outstanding job".

"Wheeler is much smarter and will try to keep his efforts under the radar in implementing Trump's destructive agenda", Jeremy Symons, vice president for political affairs at the Environmental Defense Fund told Politico in May of this year.


Pruitt denied the allegations against him in April and has said little of the swirling scandals since then.

"He is a very environmental person. He's a big believer, and he's going to do a fantastic job". Reports included Pruitt wanting to use sirens to get to an upscale French restaurant in Washington, having security and aides help him find a preferred lotion and pick up a used mattress from the Trump hotel in Washington.

Wheeler, 53, could serve more than a year in an acting role.

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.

Other notable departures include former national security advisers Michael Flynn and HR McMaster, ex-White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, communications director Anthony Scaramucci, press secretary Sean Spicer and economic adviser Gary Cohn. James Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma and a prominent climate change denier.

His deputy Andrew Wheeler will take over as acting head of the agency, Mr Trump said.

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