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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 WarrenWarren says Republican Party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' Briahna Joy Gray: Warren not endorsing Sanders in 2020 was 'really frustrating' McConnell hits Democratic critics of Israel MORE (D-Mass.) hailed the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittCourt sets in motion EPA ban on pesticide linked to developmental issues Scientific integrity, or more hot air? OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden proposes billions for electric vehicles, building retrofitting| EPA chief to replace Trump appointees on science advisory panels | Kerry to travel to UAE, India to discuss climate change 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 TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? 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 DeVosBetsy DeVosProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Biden administration reversing Trump ban on pandemic aid for undocumented students Biden taps ex-consumer bureau chief to oversee student loans MORE at the Education Department. Steve Mnuchin at Treasury. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOne quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors Biden fills immigration court with Trump hires Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE at the Justice Department. Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' 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.”