Text of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's resignation letter: 'Your confidence in me has blessed me personally'

PHOTO: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 16, 2018.PlayAndrew Harnik/AP, FILE
WATCH Embattled EPA head Scott Pruitt resigns

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced via Twitter the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.

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The text of Pruitt's resignation letter is below.

Mr. President, it has been an honor to serve you in the Cabinet as Administrator of the EPA. Truly, your confidence in me has blessed me personally and enabled me to advance your agenda beyond what anyone anticipated at the beginning of your Administration. Your courage, steadfastness and resolute commitment to get results for the American people, both with regard to improved environmental outcomes as well as historical regulatory reform, is in fact occurring at an unprecedented pace and I thank you for the opportunity to serve you and the American people in helping achieve those ends.

That is why it is hard for me to advise you I am stepping down as Administrator of the EPA effective as of July 6. It is extremely difficult for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring. However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.

My desire in service to you has always been to bless you as you make important decisions for the American people. I believe you are serving as President today because of God's providence. I believe that same providence brought me into your service. I pray as I have served you that I have blessed you and enabled you to effectively lead the American people. Thank you again Mr. President for the honor of serving you and I wish you Godspeed in all that you put your hand to.

Your Faithful Friend, Scott Pruitt

PHOTO: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt attends a cabinet meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on June 21, 2018.Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt attends a cabinet meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on June 21, 2018.

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