Opinion: Scott Pruitt's controversies overshadowed positive work
Last week the president tweeted that he had accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt, who was serving as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Over recent months, Pruitt has become more well known for the myriad of investigations -- over a dozen -- into his spending habits, conflicts of interest and management practices than his actual work at the EPA.
Scott Pruitt definitely made some strides toward cutting burdensome regulations as well as ensuring the agency was finally being a good steward of taxpayer dollars through superfund and brownfield reform. Nevertheless, Pruitt’s controversies overwhelmed any positive work he was doing for the American people.
Pruitt’s recently-confirmed deputy at the EPA, Andrew Wheeler, will be assuming the role of acting administrator beginning this week.
Wheeler is an accomplished public servant who has spent his entire career learning the ins and outs of the EPA as well as the coal industry
The confirmation process for the president’s nominee to lead the EPA full time, whether that is Wheeler or not, is sadly bound to be a highly partisan fight, with the next administrator potentially even becoming an issue headed into the November midterm elections
Here's the Bottom Line: The president correctly wants people on his team who are focused on advancing his agenda and serving us, the American people. Scott Pruitt did get a lot done in terms of the actual agenda, but the negatives started to outweigh the positives and that is why it was time for him to move on and for a new person to lead the EPA.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.