President Trump said Thursday that he did not force scandal-ridden Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign and that the decision to resign “was very much up to him,” saying there was “no final straw.”
“No final straw,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. “Scott is a terrific guy. And he came to me and he said, ‘I have such great confidence in the administration. I don’t want to be a distraction.’ And I think Scott felt that he was a distraction.”
Pruitt announced his resignation earlier Thursday following months of high-profile controversies regarding his spending, ethics, and management.
“He’ll go on to great things and he’s going to have a wonderful life, I hope,” Trump said.
The Hill added:
Pruitt is the fifth member of Trump’s Cabinet to be fired or quit in just 18 months, a staggering level of turnover for an administration.
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle applauded Pruitt’s decision to step down, with GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), John Barrasso (Wyo.) and Susan Collins (Maine) all releasing statements saying Trump was right to accept the resignation.