Warren: Trump should have fired Pruitt ‘28 scandals ago’

Warren: Trump should have fired Pruitt ‘28 scandals ago’
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBoogeywomen — GOP vilifies big-name female Dems Overnight Health Care: Senate takes up massive HHS spending bill next week | Companies see no sign of drugmakers cutting prices, despite Trump claims | Manchin hits opponent on ObamaCare lawsuit Elizabeth Warren and the new communism MORE (D-Mass.) hailed the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOvernight Energy: Court orders EPA to enforce chemical safety rule | Dem says Zinke would 'sell' his grandkids for the oil industry | EPA reportedly poised to unveil climate rule replacement Court throws out EPA delay of Obama chemical plant safety rule The Hill's Morning Report: Dems have a majority in the Senate (this week) MORE on Thursday, saying that he should have been fired "28 scandals ago."

"A man who doesn’t believe in climate change never should have been in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency in the first place," Warren said in a statement. "And a government official that corrupt should have been fired by the President of the United States 28 scandals ago."

The progressive firebrand's comments came hours after President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House counsel called Trump 'King Kong' behind his back: report Trump stays out of Arizona's ugly and costly GOP fight Trump claims he instructed White House counsel to cooperate with Mueller MORE announced in a tweet that he had accepted Pruitt's resignation, following mounting scrutiny over the EPA chief's spending and management at the agency. 

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Trump said Thursday that Pruitt's deputy, Andrew Wheeler, would take over the former Oklahoma attorney general's responsibilities at the EPA. 

Warren blasted Wheeler's credentials as well, calling him "a longtime Washington insider and corporate lawyer who’s done the bidding of fossil fuel companies for decades."

She also railed against other Trump administration Cabinet officials, whom she said "have no business running their agencies."

"Donald Trump’s cabinet is full of people who have no business running their agencies," she said. "Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosHillicon Valley: Trump escalates feud with intel critics | Tesla shares fall after troubling Musk interview | House panel considers subpoena for Twitter's Jack Dorsey | Why Turkish citizens are breaking their iPhones Erik Prince denies back channel communication with Putin-linked official in ‘incidental’ meeting Report: Trump considering plan to privatize Afghanistan War MORE at the Education Department. Steve Mnuchin at Treasury. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsWhite House counsel called Trump 'King Kong' behind his back: report Trump claims he instructed White House counsel to cooperate with Mueller Watergate's John Dean: White House counsel is 'doing right' by cooperating with Mueller MORE at the Justice Department. Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneySunday shows preview: Trump stokes intel feud over clearances Pentagon, GOP breathe sign of relief after Trump cancels parade Middle-class Americans can't afford another trillion financial crash MORE and his part-time work at [the Office of Management and Budget] and the [Consumer Financial Protection Bureau]."

During his tenure at the EPA, Pruitt faced numerous allegations of poor management, conflicts of interest and spending abuses, such as his use of first- and business-class travel and allegedly having aides complete personal tasks for him and renting a Capitol Hill condo owned by the wife of an influential energy lobbyist during much of his first year in office.

In his resignation letter to Trump on Thursday, Pruitt cited "unrelenting attacks" and their impacts on his family as his reason for stepping down.

"It is extremely difficult for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring,” Pruitt wrote. "However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.”