That Trump finally parted ways with his EPA administrator was less the result of one particular damaging revelation than the culmination of weeks of negative publicity that was becoming a political burden on the president, according to four White House officials, who, like others interviewed for this story, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the president's thinking.
Kieran Suckling, from America's Centre for Biological Diversity, said: "Despite his brief tenure, Pruitt was the worst EPA chief in history". "Look, Scott is a terrific guy". "Andrew worked for me for 14 years, has an impeccable reputation and has the experience to be a strong leader at the EPA", Inhofe said. I don't want to be a distraction.
"Scott is a terrific guy", Trump said.
President Trump announced EPA chief Scott Pruitt had resigned on July 5. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was sacked in March amid questionable travel charges and a growing rebellion in his agency about the privatization of medical care.
The statement stands in contrast to the first remarks Pruitt made to his staff, which focused on reigning in regulations.
Numerous Democratic lawmakers and even some fellow Republicans had called for the resignation of Pruitt.
Prominent media critics that Trump likes - including Laura Ingraham - said Pruitt was the "swamp" and needed to go. Pruitt, the former Oklahoma state senator and attorney general, lasted a lot longer than seemed possible, given his reputation for liberal personal use of taxpayer funds and coziness with lobbyists.
She then began to detail some of her issues with the EPA. That includes a decision to install a $43,000 private phone booth in his office as well as revelations that he asked aides to help his wife find a job with a six-figure salary. Pruitt, who gave every appearance of being in the pocket of industry, spent large portions of his time denying the existence of climate change.
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The problems will continue for both men: Pruitt still faces a dozen investigations and must file forms disclosing his income -and his wife's. The Senate confirmed Deputy at EPA, Andrew Wheeler, will on Monday assume duties as the acting Administrator of the EPA.
He was also an aide to Sen.
President Donald Trump made the announcement on Twitter.
"From moving to roll back strong fuel economy standards, to repealing the Clean Power Plan, to undermining chemical regulation, to suppressing climate science, to advocating for US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, Scott Pruitt made the EPA stand for Every Polluter's Ally", he said in a statement. "I believe you are serving as President today because of God's providence", Pruitt wrote. Pruitt has faced an array of ethical questions about his travel spending, security costs, dealings with industry lobbyists and misuse of government resources.
Pruitt's appointees are reportedly blocking the report from being reviewed by the National Academy of Sciences, an independent panel of top scientists who have already been paid $500,000 to complete the review of the report. "This is one of the only big blunders of his administration". He also once commented that he disagreed with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's finding that carbon dioxide emissions could negatively impact human health, and accused the group of scientists of functioning more like a political body.
If the rights of religious conservatives like him aren't protected, Pruitt said darkly, "it leads to anarchy, it leads to rebellion", something he said would happen in the coming decades. "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.