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After less than 18 scandal-filled months in office, Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, resigned Thursday.

The New York Times said Wheeler - his critics fear - may do a better job than Pruitt.

Today, Donald Trump tweeted that the scandal-ridden director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, had finally resigned.

Last month, while praising Mr Pruitt's "fantastic job" at the EPA, the president admitted, "I'm not happy about certain things, I'll be honest".

Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler will become the agency's acting chief.

"I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda", the president tweeted.

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Shortly after the order was released Tuesday, Buckley told the Sun that the reversal was "the least respect we could give the journalists.

"While this doesn't undo any of the reckless decisions Pruitt has made, it does provide an opportunity for us to stop being distracted by his misconduct and refocus on the consequential policy being made at the @EPA every day", Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) said on Twitter.

Several Trump administration officials have been confronted by protesters while out dining in recent weeks, including Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen and senior adviser Stephen Miller. "He's a big believer, and he's going to do a fantastic job", the president told journalists of Wheeler. "I don't want to be a distraction.' And I think Scott felt that he was a distraction", said Trump. "But Mr. Pruitt's brazen abuse of his position for his own personal gain has been absolutely astounding, rivaled only by the silence of far too many in Congress and in the White House who allowed Mr. Pruitt's unethical, and at times, possibly illegal behavior to go unchecked", the DE senator said in a lengthy statement.

In terms of environmental actions, Pruitt led the charge in urging President Trump to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and has supported the fossil fuel industry.

And Democrats have already criticized Wheeler in his role as deputy to Pruitt.

"From moving to roll back strong fuel economy standards, to repealing the Clean Power Plan, to undermining chemical regulation, to suppressing climate science, to advocating for USA withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, Scott Pruitt made the EPA stand for Every Polluter's Ally", he said in a statement. That includes making sure the air is safe to breathe, our water is safe to drink and that pollutants, such as pesticides and toxic waste, aren't allowed to seep into the environment and impact our health.

Mink, a schoolteacher and mother of a 2-year-old son, set social media ablaze earlier this week after she posted a video of her calmly asking Pruitt to resign while he was eating lunch at a Washington restaurant.