Friday, 6 July 2018

Scott Pruitt is out


US EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Resigns

5 July, 2018

US President Donald Trump announced Thursday via Twitter that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned from his post.

"I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency," Trump tweeted. "Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this."

Trump added that Andrew Wheeler, EPA deputy administrator, will be taking up the reins. Wheeler was confirmed in his position by the Senate in April.
Pruitt's resignation comes after two US members of Congress called for an investigation into his use of secret calendars to hide meetings with controversial figures, among them Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican's third-highest-ranking official, who has been hit with sexual abuse charges.
Pruitt also reportedly attended a dinner at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, that was hosted by Joseph Craft, the chief executive of coal producer Alliance Resources Partners, Think Progress reported.
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. The Senate confirmed Deputy at EPA, Andrew Wheeler, will...
...on Monday assume duties as the acting Administrator of the EPA. 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!

According to the Huffington Post, if an investigation into the secret calendars was launched, it would be the 19th federal probe into the 50-year-old Kentucky native.
The resignation also follows a local Washington, DC, woman's confrontation of Pruitt at a restaurant, during which she urged him to resign before his scandals pushed him out the door.

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