Trump picks Scott Pruitt to head EPA
WASHINGTON — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Environmental Protection Agency administrator, his former campaign manager told reporters Wednesday.
“Attorney General Pruitt has great qualifications and a good record as the AG of Oklahoma, and there were a number of qualified candidates for that particular position that the President-elect interviewed and he settled on Attorney General Pruitt and we’ll look forward to the confirmation hearing,” Kellyanne Conway told reporters Wednesday.
The move elevates a fierce EPA critic — Pruitt had sued the agency over its regulations of power plants — to the position of EPA administrator.
It’s a signal the Trump administration is intent on reversing President Barack Obama’s moves to curb climate change.
The selection of Pruitt comes amid uncertainty over where the Trump administration will stand on environmental issues.