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Scott Pruitt resigns as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator

Scott Pruitt resigns as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator

"Within the agency, Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this", said Trump in a tweet.

Trump also announced that Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler would take the agency's helm as acting administrator starting Monday.

"I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda", Trump wrote.

Asked if the decision was his own or the EPA chief's, Trump responded, "it was very much up to him".

Nomination of an official replacement may not come for months however, particularly given the upcoming midterm elections.

Pruitt has been accused of a seemingly unending list of offenses, including misusing taxpayer money to fly home on a private jet, enlisting his aides to help his wife find a job or find a particular moisturizer, renting out a condo ー at a discount ー from a health care lobbyist, and installing a $43,000 sound-proof phone booth in his office.

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Pruitt pushed to fill EPA jobs with personnel from the coal, oil, and chemical industries. "But Mr. Pruitt's brazen abuse of his position for his own personal gain has been absolutely astounding, rivaled only by the silence of far too many in Congress and in the White House who allowed Mr. Pruitt's unethical, and at times, possibly illegal behavior to go unchecked", the DE senator said in a lengthy statement. Environmental groups expressed dismay when he joined the federal agency, and Pruitt has since sought to roll back various environmental regulations, including Obama-era auto emission standards.

He denied wrongdoing amid multiple inquiries into his conduct. He had them retroactively erase meetings from his calendar before releasing his schedule to the public.

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

Pruitt faced harsh criticisms from House lawmakers over them during April appearances before Congressional committees, where he discussed the EPA's budget. Add Trump Administration as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Trump Administration news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Massachusetts Democrats, who vocally criticized the EPA chief's actions and efforts to reverse Obama-era policies, praised news of Pruitt's resignation.

He filed 14 lawsuits against the EPA, which is charged with protecting America's air and water, and questioned the ability to precisely measure the impact of human activity on climate change.

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Mr Pruitt had become a constant source of embarrassment to a president who had entered Washington promising to "drain the swamp".

Pruitt also raised eyebrows by allegedly ordering his aides to search for a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel near the White House.

Pruitt has been part of the Trump administration since the beginning.

In a 2005 interview surfaced by Politico, Pruitt complained that "minority religions" were elbowing Christianity out of "the public square" and that evolution was a theory "more from a philosophical standpoint than a scientific standpoint".

Wheeler was previously confirmed as deputy EPA administrator by the Senate through a mostly party-line vote of 53-45, with three Democratic Senators - Joe Manchin of WV, Heidi Heitkamp of ND, and Joe Donnelly of IN voting to confirm.

Wheeler was registered to lobby for Murray Energy. the nation's biggest coal mining company until August 2017, Senate records show.

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