Interim EPA chief called Trump a ‘bully’ during campaign

Interim EPA chief called Trump a ‘bully’ during campaign

Interim EPA chief called Trump a ‘bully’ during campaign

Now EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler will fill in while the president finds a new leader for the agency.

Democrats and environmental groups decried Wheeler as an apologist for the coal industry. "But let's not forget he was carrying out President Trump's policies". "The head of the agency's changed, but I don't think there's any indication that the acting administrator will do anything any different". I'm not saying that he's blameless, but we'll see what happens", Trump said then, and didn't answer a reporter who asked if Trump was "tired' of Pruitt.

"It is extremely hard for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring", Pruitt wrote.

Despite President Donald Trump's insistence that former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt made the choice to resign on Thursday, a new report from Bloomberg found that the long-embattled Cabinet member was forced out. In recent weeks, top aides and EPA staffers resigned, as Congress continued to probe Pruitt's apparent misdealings.

Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., simply shared the news of Pruitt's resignation on Twitter and said, "Good riddance".

"The unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us", Pruitt said in his resignation letter. Pruitt was previously attorney general of Oklahoma, where he was close to the state's oil industry and waged a campaign against the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to slow climate change. Environmental groups expressed dismay when he joined the federal agency, and Pruitt has since sought to roll back various environmental regulations, including Obama-era vehicle emission standards.

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. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., the panel's former chairman and a political mentor to both Pruitt and Wheeler.

Pruitt has been buffeted by numerous revelations about extravagant spending, including $1,560 for a dozen fountain pens, $3,000 on "tactical pants" and "tactical polos", $43,000 on a soundproof phone booth for his office and $120,000 on a trip to Italy. In a statement, independent Senator Bernie Sanders said: "Scott Pruitt was the worst EPA administrator in the history of the agency".

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