Andrew Wheeler, who was serving as the deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, will take over as acting administrator of the agency on Monday after Scott Pruitt resigned from the post.
“Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this. The Senate confirmed Deputy at EPA, Andrew Wheeler, will on Monday assume duties as the acting Administrator of the EPA,” President Trump tweeted this afternoon. “I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda. We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!””
In his resignation letter, Scott Pruitt writes “The unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.”
Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, told the Washington Examiner earlier this month that he had no interest in taking Pruitt’s job. “I wasn’t interested in that,” he said. “I am still not interested in that. I am the deputy administrator and that is what I am focused on doing.” Pruitt’s resignation comes after months of scandals over his spending habits and alleged unethical behavior.