On Thursday, Scott Pruitt, chief administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, announced his resignation. His term will officially end on Friday. President Trump has yet to name his successor.
“Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job,” the President tweeted, “and I will always be thankful to him for this.”
In the interim, while President Trump searches for a candidate, deputy Andrew Wheeler will take over as acting EPA administrator. Pruitt had served since his selection to the position on December 7, 2016.
“I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda,” Trump tweeted. “We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!”
While Pruitt was an integral part in implementing President Trump’s conservative agenda, his term in office was plagued with scandals. According to The New York Daily News, he spent extravagantly on personal protection.
Some of the upgrades to his office included $43,000 in taxpayer money on a soundproof booth and more on bulletproof furniture and car seats. According to CBS News, there were also allegations that Pruitt had created a toxic professional atmosphere at the EPA that worked to penalize critics.
The government had initiated investigations into Pruitt’s practices, including giving lavish raises to staff members and using them to conduct his personal errands. Pruitt has denied that he’s done anything wrong.
Pruitt is the fifth cabinet member under Trump to resign. Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, former Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and former Veterans Affairs secretary David Shulkin are the others.
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