Despite all the controversy that's surrounded Pruitt, Trump's send-off was full of praise, claiming that Pruitt did an "outstanding job" and that he would "always be thankful" to Pruitt for his work. "The Senate confirmed Deputy at EPA, Andrew Wheeler, will on Monday assume duties as the acting Administrator of the EPA", President Trump tweeted this afternoon.
"It's sad. I guess it's not surprising because clearly what Trump wants to do is dismantle the EPA. We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!" "I believe you are serving as President today because of God's providence", Pruitt wrote.
Pruitt resigned from the EPA on Thursday, citing "unprecedented" and "unrelenting" attacks on him and his family.
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"He is somebody who has been preparing for a position of responsibility like this really for all of his life", says Scott Segal, an attorney who has been working on environmental policy for a quarter-century.
Pruitt is the subject of at least 13 different federal ethics probes over allegations such as misuse of taxpayer funds and using his office for personal enrichment.
The duration of Wheeler's tenure at the EPA is uncertain.
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At the same time, it's hard to imagine that anyone could possibly be worse than Pruitt, so let's take a moment to celebrate this victory, and then prepare ourselves to keep fighting on behalf of the environment.
Trump reportedly enjoyed Pruitt's presence too, and tried to ignore the constant barrage of news reports on his EPA chief's scandals, which ranged from excessive spending on flights to scrubbing his official calendar to hide controversial meetings. Pruitt is the seventh person to leave a Cabinet-level post in the Trump administration.
According to The Washington Post, Pruitt pushed to find his wife a well-paying job with a politically connected group.
Wheeler is no stranger to the EPA.
His job had been in jeopardy since it emerged he had leased a property previous year that was co-owned by the wife of a veteran fossil fuels lobbyist, whose firm had sought regulatory rollbacks from the EPA.
"His extensive experience has benefited our clients and we wish him well as he returns to government", said Dave Zook, FaegreBD Consulting chair and leader of the firm's Washington, D.C. office, in a statement after Wheeler left for the EPA in April.
"It has become increasingly challenging for the EPA to carry out its mission with the administrator under investigation", said Barrasso, who is from Wyoming.