Andrew Wheeler, the new acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency, should do everything he can "to restore the American people's confidence in the agency's mission, which is the protection of human health and our environment", Delaware Sen.
Inhofe was chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Many within Pruitt's own agency had reportedly already turned against him and the White House press shop told the EPA to stop booking TV appearances for Pruitt, which he just started doing himself, current and former aides told the Post.
He has denied wrongdoing in the face of multiple congressional and oversight inquiries. Trump nominated Wheeler for deputy administrator the previous October. Pruitt's long list of scandals - from his controversial arrangement renting a Capitol Hill condo from a Washington lobbyist to his use of agency staff to run personal errands - attracted constant media attention that painted the EPA in a negative light.
That Trump finally parted ways with his EPA administrator was less the result of one particular damaging revelation than the culmination of weeks of negative publicity that was becoming a political burden on the president, according to four White House officials, who, like others interviewed for this story, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the president's thinking. 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", Trump wrote.
Andrew Wheeler, seated on the far right, attended a March 2017 meeting between Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray about promoting policies to benefit the finances of the coal industry. However, Schatz said Pruitt's "worst transgression was that he systematically worked on behalf of polluters to poison our air and our water and make climate change worse".
"In many ways, Wheeler is the polar opposite [of Pruitt]", said Holmstead.More news: Juventus share prices rocket as club make Cristiano Ronaldo move
Markey, however, raised concerns about Wheeler taking over the agency.
A former Oklahoma attorney general close to the oil and gas industry, Pruitt had filed more than a dozen lawsuits against the agency he was picked to lead.
In a tweet Thursday afternoon, Trump said he had accepted the resignation of the beleaguered EPA chief. Mr. Pruitt joins the ranks of former Trump administration officials forced to resign in disgrace, raising questions about why Mr. Trump hired them in the first place. "While I disagree with Andrew Wheeler on many environmental policies, particularly coal, I know him personally as someone with high ethical standards and don't expect him to engage in pervasive corruption like Pruitt".
The list of accusations levelled against the 50-year-old EPA chief had grown nearly too long to itemise.
"It has become increasingly challenging for the EPA to carry out its mission with the administrator under investigation", said Barrasso, who is from Wyoming.