Mom who confronted Pruitt: "I'm glad he took the hint" and resigned

Questions hang over the future of Scott Pruitt the head of the Environmental Protection Agency accused of excessive spending and ethical issues

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned after a tumultuous 17 months in office.

"Then, of course, you know, I saw who he's appointed as the interim, and that's reality for us", she said of Pruitt's replacement, his deputy at the EPA Andrew Wheeler.

Mr Trump confirmed Mr Pruitt's resignation on Twitter, saying he had done "an outstanding job".

He continued, "I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda. I believe you are serving as President today because of God's providence", Pruitt wrote in his resignation letter.

"The unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us". "Scott Pruitt was able to keep his position for so long-despite astonishing megalomania and unethical behavior-only because of Donald Trump's historic embrace of corruption".

Wednesday night, Pruitt was on the White House lawn, watching fireworks explode over the Washington sky.

In his resignation letter, posted by Fox News, the former Oklahoma attorney general thanked President Trump for his courage and commitment to "historical regulatory reform".

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Pres. Donald Trump announced Thursday on Twitter Pruitt would be resigning from the post, making Wheeler the newest chief of the almost 50-year-old agency. Arriving in Washington, he worked relentlessly to dismantle Obama-era environmental regulations that aimed to reduce toxic pollution and planet-warming carbon emissions.

Whistleblower Kevin Chmielewski, a longtime Trump campaign aide who served as deputy chief of staff for operations at the EPA, confirmed numerous allegations against Pruitt earlier this year.

It's unlikely that much will change at the EPA under Wheeler, who holds similar conservative views about environmental regulations as Pruitt. Wheeler was first rumored to be chosen for the EPA in March 2017. His firm was paid $300,000 past year.

Wheeler also worked as an energy sector lobbyist, perhaps most notably for Murray Energy Company, one of the nation's largest coal mining companies, according to The Washington Post. John Barrasso (R-WY) and James Inhofe (R-OK) - who voted to approve his nomination in February. "We must continue to fight the fossil-fuel entrenched interests that have gripped the EPA and want to undermine the public's health and progress on climate action".

Sen. Tom Carper, the top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, said Pruitt made the EPA "a punchline". Wheeler is a former coal industry lobbyist.

"It has become increasingly challenging for the EPA to carry out its mission with the administrator under investigation", said Barrasso, who is from Wyoming.

He also tasked members of his staff with personal assignments, including finding him another apartment, getting his tickets to sporting events and trying to help his wife find a job.

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