U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt after pulling out of the Paris climate agreement. Pruitt resigned on Thursday.
President Donald Trump on Thursday announced the resignation of Scott Pruitt, the controversial head of the Environmental Protection Agency.
PRUITT TO EXIT
Pruitt has been engulfed in a number of controversies while leading the agency, from accepting below-market rent from a lobbyist to employing a so-called “secret” calendar to hide contacts with industry representatives.
Trump has stood behind Pruitt up until Thursday, as the latest controversies including trying to get his wife a $200,000-per-year job and having assistants pay for travel expenses. “The unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us,” Pruitt said in his resignation letter.
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Trump said Andrew Wheeler, the deputy administrator, will assume duties as acting administrator.
Trump made the announcement before speaking at a rally in Great Falls, Montana.
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GET OFF MY LAWN, PRESIDENT SAYS TO IMMIGRANTS
Over Twitter, Trump compared unauthorized immigrants entering the country to wandering onto people’s lawn. He has continually pushed back at the idea, put forward by Republicans including Sen. Ted Cruz, to hire more judges. As of the end of May 2018, the number of immigration cases waiting decision reached an all-time high of 714,067, according to Syracuse University statistics. The report said that what appears to be driving the burgeoning backlog is the lengthening time it now takes to schedule hearings and complete proceedings.
FOX NEWS VETERAN TO LEAD COMMUNICATIONS TEAM
Trump hired Bill Shine, formerly the co-president of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, to be his deputy chief of staff of communications. He’ll oversee the White House communications office.
Shine is close to Fox News commentator Sean Hannity, who frequently communicates with the president, The Wall Street Journal reports.