Embattled EPA head Pruitt resigns
Scott Pruitt will resign from his position leading the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday, following months of high-profile controversies regarding his spending, ethics and management at the agency.
In a tweet Thursday, President Trump confirmed Pruitt's departure, saying he's accepted the administrator's resignation.
“I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this,” Trump tweeted.
Trump said Pruitt will be replaced on Monday by EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former energy lobbyist who was confirmed in April for the post.
“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!"
In comments on Air Force One, Trump said there was no "final straw" that explained Pruitt's departure. He said the Cabinet member had indicated he did not want to be a "distraction."
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