A key member of Trump’s administration has resigned. The president made the announcement on Thursday.
“I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,” President Trump wrote on Twitter. “Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this.”
“The Senate confirmed Deputy at EPA, Andrew Wheeler, will on Monday assume duties as the acting Administrator of the EPA,” Trump continued. “I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda.”
“We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!” the president concluded.
According to CNBC, Pruitt has been heavily scrutinized by the left and accused of being involved in multiple scandals, including overspending and doing favors. He’s long been a target of Democrats furious that Trump nominated an EPA critic to head the environmental agency and to do an internal cleanup job.
Pruitt also recently became a victim of Rep. Maxine Waters’ (D-Calif.) call for agitators to harass members of Trump’s administration in public places, badgering them and even blocking their access to food, gas, and other necessities.
According to the Huffington Post, schoolteacher Kristin Mink saw Pruitt eating at a cafe on Monday and interrupted his meal, accusing him of endangering her 2-year-old son’s future and demanding he resign. See a video of the confrontation below:
Pruitt listened to Mink, then left the restaurant before a mob could be formed like in the earlier cases of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
In his resignation letter, published by the Washington Free Beacon, Pruitt said it was an honor to serve Trump but that “the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.”
“Truly, your confidence in me has blessed me personally and enabled me to advance your agenda beyond what anyone anticipated at the beginning of your Administration,” Pruitt wrote to Trump.
“Your courage, steadfastness and resolute commitment to get results for the American people, both with regard to improved environmental outcomes as well as historical regulatory reform, is in fact occurring at an unprecedented pace and I thank you for the opportunity to serve you and the American people in helping achieve those ends,” he added.
After Pruitt's resignation was announced, Mink wasn't as happy as she thought she was that she had gotten her wish.
Asked by CNN what her reaction was, Mink said she experienced "unrestrained glee" until she had "the realization that Trump now gets to appoint someone else" and that's coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler.