Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Read Scott Pruitt's Odd, Unapologetic Resignation Letter to Trump

NYT's Maggie Haberman Lists Probable Reasons Why Pruitt Is Still in Trump Admin Scott Pruitt, Embattled Environmental Protection Agency Chief, Resigns
Ellis Copeland | 06 July, 2018, 21:13

Andrew Wheeler, the man replacing scandal-struck Scott Pruitt as head of the the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), may not be much better than his predecessor, according to the green groups who dubbed Pruitt the agency's worst-ever chief.

Over the past few months, Pruitt has become somewhat of a political liability for the Trump administration, drawing the scrutiny of federal investigators and even prompting criticism from the EPA's ethics officer Kevin Minoli.

After heaping praise on Pruitt, President Trump announced that Wheeler-already deputy administrator at the EPA since April-would be his successor.

But his alleged resignation letter, which has been leaked by a Fox News reporter, doesn't mention any of these claims at all. "Andrew worked for me for 14 years, has an impeccable reputation and has the experience to be a strong leader at the EPA", he said.

"No matter who leads the EPA, my office will continue to hold the agency accountable", interim Attorney General Barbara Underwood said in a statement. 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 White House counsel's office saw him as a constant source of problems, officials said. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin departed in March after the agency's inspector-general said he improperly accepted a gift of Wimbledon tickets and brought his wife along on a working trip to Europe. All tolerated because Trump liked his zealotry.

She then began to detail some of her issues with the EPA.

"The Senate Democrats should stand united against any appointment who intends to continue Pruitt's disastrous legacy".

This contradicts Trump's own telling of events.

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He was also an aide to Sen.

"He will be similar to Pruitt in terms of the agenda".

Pruitt has faced an array of ethical questions about his travel spending, security costs, dealings with industry lobbyists and misuse of government resources.

My desire in service to you has always been to bless you as you make important decisions for the American people. 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. "I'm extremely disappointed. He's the only Cabinet secretary who has done what he was told to do".

In other words, Pruitt was doing exactly what the president wanted. "He is giving in to the loony left and is making a huge mistake".

Mr Pruitt, a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, also was known for questioning the human role in global climate change.

"Given Pruitt's complete failure to protect our clean air and water, and with 13 open federal investigations into his work, the only question is why this took so long". "Pruitt is just the latest victim".

Pruitt, a Republican, had appeared Wednesday at a White House picnic for Independence Day, wearing a red-checked shirt and loafers with gold trim.

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