Scott Pruitt Out as EPA Chief


President Donald Trump announced that he has accepted the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt on Thursday.

“I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,” Trump announced on Twitter.

“Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this. The Senate confirmed Deputy at EPA, Andrew Wheeler, will on Monday assume duties as the acting Administrator of the EPA. I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda. We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!”

Pruitt’s resignation comes after a flood of absurd scandals roiled his leadership of the agency. The latest report revealed Pruitt made junior staffers pay for his hotels, and then refused to pay them back. Before that, it was reported he dispatched staffers to fetch his preferred lotion from the Ritz-Carlton hotel, and tried to get his wife a Chik-fil-A franchise.

Despite the scandals piling up, Pruitt somehow held on to his job — despite random people demanding he resign in restaurants and even pro-Trump commentators declaring it was time to cut him loose.

Now, he has resigned, reportedly sending this letter to Trump pinning his departure on “unrelenting attacks” on himself and his family.

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