You may have heard that Scott Pruitt, Trump’s Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), just resigned amid numerous scandals of workplace retaliation, wasteful spending and rolling back environmental protections. But if you haven’t read the Scott Pruitt resignation letter, you really should. It is so reverential and sycophantic to U.S. President Donald Trump, we’re convinced Trump probably wrote it himself (with some help, of course, seeing as the President can’t even spell his own wife’s name correctly).
Here is the full text of the Scott Pruitt resignation letter:
“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 American 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.”
Before becoming head of the EPA, Pruitt had sued it at least 13 times while serving as Oklahoma’s Attorney General, one with notoriously close business ties to the oil, gas and coal industries.
In the months preceding the Scott Pruitt resignation letter, Pruitt had said that human carbon dioxide emissions weren’t responsible for climate change (something that 97% of climate change researchers all disagree with). While serving as the EPA head, he had a $43,000 soundproof phone booth installed in his office, violating federal law by not having its price pre-approved by Congress. He also spent $90,000 in January alone so he and his security detail could fly first class, far outspending former EPA chiefs.
He reportedly demoted and reassigned people in the EPA who questioned his spending, had secret meetings with industry heads scrubbed off of his public calendar and sent his aides on dumb personal errands to buy shampoo, get his dry cleaning and try to purchase a used mattress from the Trump International Tower.
So we’re glad to finally see a Scott Pruitt resignation letter. Too bad it cost American taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars just to get it.
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