Jeb Bush pens op-ed backing Trump's EPA pick

Jeb Bush pens op-ed backing Trump's EPA pick
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One of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE's harshest critics is getting behind the president-elect's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday penned an op-ed lauding Trump's plan to nominate Scott Pruitt.

"I cannot think of a person more suited to lead the Environmental Protection Agency than Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, someone who understands how to rein in an out-of-control bureaucracy and ensure that Washington focuses solely on its core functions," Bush wrote in his op-ed published by CNN.

Bush, who was one of Trump's favorite foils during the GOP presidential primary, said he shares a "common vision" with Pruitt when it comes the concept of federalism and states' rights.


"Pruitt and I share a common vision for empowering the states and limiting the intrusion of the federal government in every area of our lives. He understands that a government closest to the people is best able to serve their interests," Bush wrote.

The former governor also blasted the growing influence of the EPA, calling it "a one-agency job killer" that has "overextended its reach" beyond its constitutional limitations.

"At the EPA, Pruitt will balance the importance of protecting our environment — ensuring clean air and water and being good stewards of our natural resources — with maximizing the ability of free people to innovate and create without interference from the federal government," Bush argued, while underscoring that the nominee is not the "anti-science boogeyman" critics make him out to be.

"There have been several strong appointments by President-Elect Donald Trump, and Scott Pruitt is among the very best because I know he will pursue meaningful reforms that will improve people's lives. I hope all senators can put partisanship aside and resoundingly confirm this proven leader."

Bush's brother, former President George W. Bush, has been urging lawmakers to back Trump's selection of Rex Tillerson to be the next secretary of State, according to Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTrump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Meet the key Senate player in GOP fight over Saudi Arabia Trump says he's 'very happy' some GOP senators have 'gone on to greener pastures' MORE (R-Tenn.).

"Also appreciated a call I received from President George W. Bush, who spoke highly of Mr. Tillerson and offered support for his nomination," Corker, the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said last week.

Throughout his presidential campaign, Trump was highly critical of both Jeb and George W. Bush, often blasting their record and policy positions during the Republican debates and his campaign rallies.