Scott Pruitt, head of the EPA, resigned Thursday after the alleged ethical and legal breaches — including the $43,000 phone booth, his use of his staffers’ credit cards to make hotel bookings, the deletion of meetings from his calendar and subsequent firing of staff who questioned it — finally became too much for him to manage.
But for three hours, staff at the EPA received no formal announcement, no agency-wide email, about their boss’s resignation. According to three EPA employees I contacted who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak on the record, they learned of it from a Trump tweet.
And then from Fox News’s Fin Gomez, who posted Pruitt’s resignation letter on Twitter.
We are now accustomed to such breaches of protocol in the Trump administration. We’ve long known there’s been an absence of high-level leadership at the EPA and that Pruitt had little respect for the agency he led.
But it’s still remarkable that neither Pruitt nor the internal communications team felt obligated to inform the 14,100 employees of the EPA until three hours after the Trump tweet that as of Monday, Andrew Wheeler, Pruitt’s deputy and a former coal lobbyist, will take the helm.
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