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 Warren2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Sanders doubles down on Bolivia 'coup,' few follow suit Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul MORE (D-Mass.) hailed the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittIs Big Oil feeling the heat? Overnight Energy: EPA delays board's review of 'secret science' rules | Keystone pipeline spill affecting more land than thought | Dems seek probe into Forest Service grants tied to Alaska logging EPA delays advisers' review of 'secret science' rules 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 TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for 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 DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosDeVos forgives 1,500 student loans amid federal lawsuit Warren campaign launches 'a calculator for the billionaires' after Gates criticism Education Department finalizes new regulations to relax college-accreditation requirements MORE at the Education Department. Steve Mnuchin at Treasury. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsPress: Ukraine's not the only outrage To understand death behind bars, we need more information White House backs Stephen Miller amid white nationalist allegations MORE at the Justice Department. Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyLive coverage: House holds third day of public impeachment hearings Impeachment witness: Ukraine 'gradually came to understand that they were being asked to do something' Impeachment guide: The 9 witnesses testifying this week 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.”