Scott Pruitt resigns as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator

Mindy Sparks
July 9, 2018

After less than 18 scandal-filled months in office, Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, resigned Thursday.

"He was clearly unfit for the position of public trust that he was in as administrator of the EPA", said Spaulding.

Pruitt had become a constant source of embarrassment to a president who had entered Washington promising to "Drain the Swamp".

As a lobbyist at Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting, Wheeler represented Murray Energy, the self-billed "largest coal mining company in America". President Trump tweeted on Thursday, announcing Pruitt's departure from the EPA. The government had launched numerous investigations on Pruitt, although he continued to insist that he had done nothing wrong.

Andrew Wheeler, the new acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency, should do everything he can "to restore the American people's confidence in the agency's mission, which is the protection of human health and our environment", Delaware Sen.


Although Pruitt has always been known for his high-profile appearances dating back to his successful run for Oklahoma attorney general, reports paint Wheeler as a quieter political actor. The company paid Wheeler's firm at least $300,000 each year between 2009 and 2017, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Mr Pruitt's resignation is the latest in a long list of White House departures since Mr Trump took office a year ago. The recommendations include a 50 percent cut to the EPA staff, and US withdrawal from the Paris climate change agreement-which Trump already initiated.

The senator was also a supporter of Pruitt, according to the Times, and Wheeler's rise demonstrates the growing influence of a group of former Inhofe staff members across the Trump administration and Washington including Ryan Jackson, who is now the EPA's chief of staff.

Mr Trump's long-serving adviser Hope Hicks quit her role as White House communications director in February, while the president's chief strategist Steve Bannon left his post last August. And he asked aides to help his wife get a job, including seeking a meeting with an executive at Chick-fil-A, and to run personal errands for him, like tracking down a favorite lotion and trying to buy a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Wheeler said Trump "hasn't been that successful" in his business endeavors and had "more baggage then all of the other Republican candidates combined".

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