Trump Accepts Scott Pruitt Resignation After EPA Chief Reaches Peak Swampiness

Ethical questions have been raised about Scott Pruitt's management decisions as administrator of the EPA

Facing ever-growing scandals over the spending and behavior of his environment agency chief, Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump appears close to firing the man he appointed to dismantle Barack Obama's green legacy.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt was finally ousted Thursday, and the employees of the agency couldn't be more happy.

Mr Trump confirmed Mr Pruitt's resignation on Twitter, saying he had done "an outstanding job".

"I'm concerned that the Trump administration's assault on human health and the environment will continue long past Pruitt's departure from EPA", Pallone said. We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!'

"It is extremely hard for me to cease serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring", Pruitt wrote in his resignation letter to the president.

Pruitt, who has done much to deregulate numerous Obama-era environmental rules, is also accused of using his sway to secure a six-figure job for his wife.

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But despite boasts of slashing red tape and promoting job creation, Pruitt had a mixed record of producing real-world results. Emails obtained by the Sierra Club environmental group showed Mr Pruitt had an aide contact the chief executive of a fast-food chain about his wife becoming a franchise owner.

Pruitt also rankled some Republican lawmakers, including in Midwest corn states, with his efforts to overhaul a US policy requiring biofuels like corn-based ethanol in gasoline. Information requests to the agency spiked to as many as 60 a day last year, "many so broadly worded that it will take years to answer", reported the Washington Examiner. Inhofe had defended Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general, after meeting with him last month.

He also ordered the installation of a secure telephone cabin in his Washington office at the cost of US$43,000 (S$58,700 euros) which critics found excessive.

He resigned after increasing scrutiny of his spending decisions and persistent questions about his ethics while in the post.

On Thursday, Trump called Pruitt's top deputy Andrew Wheeler to inform him that he would be taking the helm of the agency, according to an individual who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert resigned in April, a month after Rex Tillerson was sacked as secretary of state. But President Trump appears to be standing by his EPA administrator based on Pruitt's commitment to weakening and cutting environmental regulations. It's still unclear. What we do know: His replacement, Andrew Wheeler, holds views similar to Pruitt's.

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