Scandal-scarred EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigned under mounting pressure Thursday as the number of controversies over his personal and professional lives continued to mount.
President Trump, who had been one of the Oklahoman’s staunchest defenders, announced the resignation in a pair of tweets.
“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,” he wrote.
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.”
The rest of the letter was a gushing tribute to Trump including, in part, “My desire in service to you has always been to bless you as you make important decisions for the American people. I believe you are serving as President today because of God’s providence. I believe that same providence brought me into your service. I pray as I have served you that I have blessed you and enabled you to effectively lead the American people.”
Pruitt has faced public backlash for many decisions regarding the environment, including his endorsement of fossil fuels and his denial of the severity of climate change. Several investigations were launched into his spending of government funds for things seen as for personal benefit.
He also did not have the respect of several other Republicans, including Senator John Kennedy and Senator Joni Ernst.
Pruitt’s acting successor is Andrew Wheeler, who will assume duties on Monday.