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 WarrenPavlich: The left’s identity politics fall apart Graham: It would be 'like, terrible' if a DNA test found I was Iranian Iranian-American group calls on Graham to apologize for 'disgusting' DNA remark MORE (D-Mass.) hailed the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittTucker Carlson says he 'can't really' dine out anymore because people keep yelling at him Overnight Energy: Trump administration doubles down on climate skepticism | Suspended EPA health official hits back | Military bases could host coal, gas exports Suspended EPA health official: Administration’s actions mean ‘kids are disposable’ 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 TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East 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. 


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 DeVosCourt rules Obama-era student loan regulations must take effect DeVos will no longer seek to delay Obama-era student loan regulations Kavanaugh secures votes needed for Senate confirmation MORE at the Education Department. Steve Mnuchin at Treasury. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDepartment of Justice right to go after Hezbollah Sessions defends media following disappearance of Saudi journalist Trump goes on 12-tweet Twitter tirade MORE at the Justice Department. Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyOn The Money: Deficit hits six-year high of 9 billion | Yellen says Trump attacks threaten Fed | Affordable housing set for spotlight in 2020 race Deficit hits six-year high of 9 billion: Treasury Trump attacks Democrat in Ohio governor's race 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.”