EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns, Trump Tweets

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I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Mr Trump, whose decision to quit the Paris climate accords was vociferously defended by Mr Pruitt, may be changing his mind now though with November's mid-terms looming and Democrats knocking his pledges to "drain the swamp" of Washington graft.

Pruitt's job had been in jeopardy since the end of March, when ABC News first reported that he leased a Capitol Hill condo past year for just $50 a night.

President Trump's embattled chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, resigned Thursday.

If the rights of religious conservatives like him aren't protected, Pruitt said darkly, "it leads to anarchy, it leads to rebellion", something he said would happen in the coming decades. Jim Inhofe has suggested that his former chief of staff and now EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler would be a good replacement.

Pruitt, who has come under fire for allegedly using his position to seek employment for his wife and receiving a discount on a condo rental linked to a lobbying firm, did not respond to Mink during the video, and text at the end said that he "fled the restaurant before I got back to my seat".

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Trump offered nothing for praise for the latest official to leave his administration. "He's a big believer, and he's going to do a fantastic job", the president told journalists of Wheeler.

He has denied wrongdoing in the face of multiple congressional and oversight inquiries.

A manager at Teasim, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said she was surprised by Pruitt's lunch choice. Coming into office as a critic of EPA and a climate skeptic, Pruitt moved aggressively to scale back Obama-era moves on climate change, automobile pollution standards and other industrial pollutants.

Pruitt's deputy, Andrew Wheeler, will be the new acting chief of the EPA, who the president described as "a very environmental person".

"Facts are facts, fiction is fiction and a lie doesn't become true just because it appears on the front page of the newspaper", Pruitt said. Kristin Mink went up to Pruitt's table at a Teaism restaurant in Washington and told him how her son loves animals, breathing clean air and drinking clean water.

Scott Pruitt stood out, even in Donald Trump's uniquely corrupt administration, for his willingness to cede direct influence and control over EPA policy to industries and special interests which harm public health. He sought repeals of major Obama-era regulations like the Clean Power Plan and the Waters of the USA, or WOTUS, rule while arguing EPA needed to go "back to basics" with a focus on cleaning up toxic waste sites under the Superfund program and boosting water infrastructure to combat lead poisoning.