Pruitt says he’s resigning because of “unrelenting attacks” on him and his family. (He doesn’t mention the corruption scandals.)
Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt is resigning because the public is being mean to him.
That’s the message of his official resignation letter, accepted by President Donald Trump on Thursday and obtained by Fox News reporter John Roberts shortly after the resignation was announced.
Pruitt amassed a truly remarkable number of corruption scandals during his time in office, including having staffers spend official time trying to find a lucrative DC job for Pruitt’s wife. But instead of acknowledging those scandals as the reason he’s leaving, Pruitt blames “unrelenting attacks” on himself and his family — the “attacks” presumably being either the audacity to report Pruitt’s wrongdoing, or the occasional confrontations he (like other Trump officials) has had with citizens upset about the Trump administration’s policies.
— Fin Gomez (@finnygo) July 5, 2018
Here’s the full text of the letter as posted by Gomez:
Mr. President, it has been an honor to serve you in the Cabinet as Administrator of the EPA. Truly, your confidence in me has blessed me personally and enabled me to advance your agenda beyond what anyone anticipated at the beginning of your Administration. Your courage, steadfastness and resolute commitment to get results for the Americans people, both with regard to improved environmental outcomes as well as historical regulatory reform, is in fact occurring at an unprecedented pace and I thank you for the opportunity to serve you and the American people in helping achieve those ends.
That is why it is hard for me to advise you I am stepping down as Administrator of the EPA effective as of July 6. 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. However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.
My desire in service to you has always been to bless you as you make important decisions for the American people. I believe you are serving as President today because of God’s providence. I believe that same providence brought me into your service. I pray as I have served you that I have blessed you and enabled you to effectively lead the American people. Thank you again Mr. President for the honor of serving you and I wish you Godspeed in all that you put your hand to.