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President Trump said Thursday that embattled Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt decided on his own to resign, underscoring he was not forced to exit over his mounting ethics problems.

“No final straw,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One when asked about Pruitt’s decision. “Scott is a terrific guy. And 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.”

Pruitt announced his resignation earlier Thursday as he became increasingly enveloped in controversies over accusations of improper spending of taxpayer money, self-dealing and inappropriate use of staff.

DML News offers the following additional information, published by WASHINGTONEXAMINER.COM:

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Thursday blamed the “unrelenting attacks” from his critics as the reason he decided to step down from his post, in a letter that thanked President Trump for the chance to serve in the post, but didn’t apologize for his various ethics scandals.

“The unrelenting attacks on me personally, [and] my family are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us,” Pruitt said in his resignation letter to President Trump.

There are more than a dozen federal investigations into Pruitt’s spending, first-class travel, and hiring and firing decisions, among other issues.

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