Woman Who Confronted EPA's Pruitt At Restaurant Speaks Out


"But he's done a fantastic job running the EPA, which is very overriding", Trump said.

Pruitt also is accused of excessive spending on travel, staying at expensive hotels while traveling - even if they exceeded allowable federal spending limits - and telling staff to book flights on Delta Air Lines so he could accrue frequent flier mileage. In his resignation letter he said, "The unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us".

Scott Pruitt resigned as head of the EPA today, capping nearly a year of cascading scandals about everything from his trousers to his attempt to get a Chick-fil-A franchise for his wife. Other Trump administration officials have been let go for smaller scandals and people are anxiously waiting to see what it will take for President Trump to wash his hands of this Cabinet member as well. Nothing happened with that because Pruitt does the will of giant fossil fuel companies, which greatly pleases the people of West Virginia, which greatly pleases the president. Coming into office as a critic of EPA and a climate skeptic, Pruitt moved aggressively to scale back Obama-era moves on climate change, automobile pollution standards and other industrial pollutants. The Senate confirmed Deputy at EPA, Andrew Wheeler, will on Monday assume duties as the acting Administrator of the EPA.

In recent weeks, an exodus of trusted staffers left Pruitt increasingly isolated, and some once-loyal Republican lawmakers wearied of defending him.

"The President feels as though Scott Pruitt has done a really good job with deregulating the government, to allow for a thriving economy, that's important to him, but these things matter to the President as well, and he's looking into those", Gidley said.

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The White House did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.

Pruitt was forced out following a series of revelations involving pricey trips with first-class airline seats and unusual security spending, including a $43,000 soundproof booth for making private phone calls.

According to Yahoo News, those scandals include allegations that Pruitt used his position to secure a high-paying job for his wife, and that he received a discount on a condo listed by a lobbying firm.

Pruitt's departure follows those of former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.