Scott Pruitt did what he was hired to do at EPA: Damage

Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid scandals

"We need an EPA administrator - and I know this is a radical idea - that actually believes in environmental protection rather than just the profits of the oil, gas or coal industry" Sanders said on Thursday.

In the past couple of months, almost 40,000 Care2 members signed a petition urging Trump to fire Pruitt - and honestly, who knows if Pruitt left on his own accord? "Sadly, the ideological fervor with which Pruitt pursued the destruction of environmental regulations and the agency itself live on in the Trump administration". "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 want to stress - that list is hardly exhaustive. "And I think Scott felt that he was a distraction".

Trump reportedly enjoyed Pruitt's presence too, and tried to ignore the constant barrage of news reports on his EPA chief's scandals, which ranged from excessive spending on flights to scrubbing his official calendar to hide controversial meetings.

"Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this", Trump said.

Pruitt has been embroiled in controversy throughout his short tenure as EPA chief. But some worry that his promotion may accelerate the Trump administration's determined dismantling of the EPA.

"Pruitt abused power in a disgraceful way by using the job for perks and trying to enrich himself and his family", Hurlbut told GTM.

President Trump has lost another Cabinet member. He had also enlisted his staff to contact conservative groups and companies to find a lucrative job for his unemployed wife, including emails seeking a Chick-fil-A franchise from a senior executive at the fast-food chain.

In Pruitt's case, with more than a dozen active investigations into his conduct still lingering.

White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert resigned in April, a month after Rex Tillerson was sacked as secretary of state. And Pruitt reinforced some of Trump's strongest-held beliefs: that climate change was a hoax, that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was not serving him well and that the United States had been ripped off by worldwide trade partners, curent and former officials said.

An ethics cloud hung over Pruitt for months, as lawmakers from both parties, environmental groups and government watchdogs raised questions about his spending, housing arrangements, security team and raises for political appointees.

"It is extremely hard for me to cease serving you in this role", Pruitt's letter to President Trump reads.

Murray Energy's CEO, Robert Murray, has been a loyal supporter of Trump. When he started looking into Trump's policies, Wheeler said, "I was fully on board". "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.

In his resignation letter to Trump, obtained by The Associated Press, Pruitt expressed no regrets.

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