Trump made no mentioned of the impressive list of scandals, misuse of taxpayer dollars, and misuse of his staff, but then again, the list, which includes 14 federal probes, would not have fit into a single tweet, or two, or even three.
Though Trump promised he would drain the swamp when he took over the White House, Pruitt set new swampy records in Washignton, which is saying a lot. But POTUS stuck by Pruitt longer than he did other Team Trump members – Reince Priebus, Rex Tillerson, Tom Price, H.R. McMaster, come to mind – because Pruitt was going such a bang-up job implementing Trump’s agenda at the EPA, aka total rollback of Obama era policy.
Heck, even Fox News’s Laura Ingraham had tweeted, just two days ago, that Pruitt was the swamp, and had to go:
Ingraham was referencing the long list of Pruitt scandals that included:
-Recent CNN and NYT reports Pruitt may have broken federal crime keeping a secret calendar to hide certain meetings
-Renting a bedroom near Capitol Hill from a lobbyist at $50 a night
-Using an EPA aide to inquire into Chick-Fil-A business opportunity
-Spending nearly $3.5M on security
-Having dinner on taxpayer’s dime for dinner with Vatican figure accused of sexual abuse
-Asking an aide inquire about getting Pruitt a used Trump hotel mattress
-That time Pruitt’s security team broke his condo door thinking he was unconscious
-EPA paid $1,560 for 12 fountain pens
-Flying first class on taxpayer dime, citing security reasons.
-Bypassing White House to give big raises to fave aides
-Having biometric locks installed on his office doors to the tune of $5,700
-Installing a phone booth in his office with pricetag of $43K
-Using flashing light and sirens on vehicle to cut through Washington D.C. traffic to get to a brunch
-Sending staff out on a hunt for his favorite lotion
News of his resignation comes just days after press reports Pruitt pitched to Trump that he dump Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Pruitt would replace Sessions for what would have been about 200 wild days in the life of the DOJ, after which Pruitt also would exit that office, return to Oklahoma, and run for office there.
“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 announced the Senate has confirmed Deputy Andrew Wheeler – former chief of staff to one of America’s most prominent climate change deniers, Sen. Ames Inhofe – to “continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda,” Trump tweeted.
“We have made tremendous progress,” he added: