“Within the Agency Scott
has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this,” added Trump.
Trump told journalists aboard Air Force One
that there was “no final straw" that led to Pruitt's departure, and that the move —which he said had been in the works for “a couple of days” — was “very much up to him”. “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,” said Trump.
Trump tweeted that Pruitt's deputy, the former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, would take over Monday as acting head of the agency.