EPA spokesman to leave agency

EPA spokesman to leave agency

One of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) top communications officials is leaving the agency, days after former Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Chaotic Trump transition leaks: Debates must tackle how Democrats will govern differently The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump targets Iran with new sanctions MORE resigned.

Jahan Wilcox, whose official title was strategic communications adviser, established a reputation for his passionate defenses of Pruitt and the EPA and his often abrasive interactions with reporters.

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“It’s been a privilege to advance President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE’s agenda of environmental stewardship and regulatory reform,” Wilcox said in a statement.

The departure comes less than a week after Pruitt left the agency following months of scandals involving the administrator's ethics, taxpayer-funded spending decisions, allegations he had staff complete personal tasks for him and other issues.

Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler took over Monday as the acting head of the agency.

A number of top political aides to Pruitt left as the scandals grew, including former Associate Administrator for Public Affairs Liz Bowman, scheduling director Millan Hupp and senior counsel Sarah Greenwalt.

Wilcox has worked in communications roles for numerous GOP political campaigns or operations, including North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum’s 2016 campaign, Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Trump issues order to bring transparency to health care prices | Fight over billions in ObamaCare payments heads to Supreme Court Ex-Obama counterterrorism official: Huawei could pose security threat to international intelligence community The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate MORE’s (Fla.) 2016 presidential campaign, Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstGOP frets about Trump's poll numbers GOP senators caught off guard by Shanahan withdrawal Democrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate MORE’s (Iowa) 2014 campaign and the Republican National Committee.

Wilcox’s departure was first reported by Bloomberg News.

Miranda Green contributed.