Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Trump taps Oklahoma attorney general to lead EPA
At The Hill by Timothy Cama --
President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate Scott Pruitt, the Republican attorney general of Oklahoma and a frequent legal adversary to President Obama, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to multiple reports.
If confirmed by the Senate to oversee the 15,000-employee agency, Pruitt would take the lead on dismantling the EPA regulations that Trump targeted throughout his campaign as job killers that restrict economic growth.
The New York Times and Reuters, citing anonymous transition officials, reported Trump's choice Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Politico reported that Pruitt was Trump’s top choice for the spot.
Transition officials did not return The Hill's request to confirm the reports.
Pruitt has been a legal opponent of President Obama over nearly every major regulation and executive action, not only on environmental issues but also ObamaCare, immigration and bathroom use by transgender people.