Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Scott Pruitt resigns as chief of United States Environmental Protection Agency

NYT's Maggie Haberman Lists Probable Reasons Why Pruitt Is Still in Trump Admin Scott Pruitt, Embattled Environmental Protection Agency Chief, Resigns
Guillermo Lane | 06 July, 2018, 23:02

In a tweet announcing Pruitt's resignation, President Donald Trump made his own expectations clear when he praised the work Pruitt had done at the EPA and announced Wheeler as his replacement.

"We deserve to have someone at the EPA who actually does protect our environment, someone who actually does believe in climate change and takes it seriously", Mink told Pruitt.

On Tuesday, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley called the mounting ethical questions facing Pruitt "troublesome" and said "these things matter to the president as well, and he's looking into those". "Look, Scott is a terrific guy". I don't want to be a distraction. "I think he's a very smart and careful student of environmental law - there's no two ways about that".

Mr. Trump appears more concerned about what Fox News will say about his presidency in the next hour than what the history books will say in years to come. He said EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler will become acting EPA chief on Monday. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was sacked in March amid questionable travel charges and a growing rebellion in his agency about the privatization of medical care.

Pruitt's defenders were focused on something else entirely.

Mr. Pruitt had been seen Wednesday at the White House celebrating Independence Day at an annual picnic for military families at the president's invitation.

"[Wheeler] has the relationships on Capitol Hill", Dempsey said.

Pruitt's ethics issues have made him a favorite target of critics of the Trump administration.

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Pruitt faced several federal investigations, including those for misusing taxpayer funds and for renting a room from the wife of a lobbyist with business before the EPA, as he carried out Trump's agenda of rolling back environmental regulations. The report has not yet been published, officials said.

According to The Post: "The Trump administration appointees described an administrator who sought a salary that topped $200,000 for his wife and accepted help from a subordinate in the job search, requested aid from senior EPA officials in a dispute with a Washington landlord and disregarded concerns about his first-class travel". The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington-no fan of Pruitt-offered a one-word statement: "Good".

"The Senate Democrats should stand united against any appointment who intends to continue Pruitt's disastrous legacy".

Pruitt's survival came from being in the line of eyesight - angling to hang around the West Wing while lavishing Trump with praise, telling the president he was "brilliant" and a political revolutionary, according to people who have attended meetings with him.

Served as longtime aide to Sen.

As the former Attorney General of Oklahoma, Pruitt worked hard to burnish his anti-gay creds, opposing marriage equality and the rights of transgender students.

Murray Energy's CEO, Robert Murray, has been a loyal supporter of Trump. "He is giving in to the loony left and is making a huge mistake".

Pruitt, a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, also was known for questioning the human role in global climate change.

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