Trump announces Wheeler as EPA nominee

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President Donald Trump announced Friday he plans to nominate the acting chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, to permanently lead the agency.

Trump announced the move during a Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House, where he introduced Wheeler along with other top administration officials in attendance.

“Acting administrator — who, I will tell you, is going to be made permanent,” Trump said. “He’s done a fantastic job. And I want to congratulate him. EPA, Andrew Wheeler.”

Wheeler took over the agency after Trump’s first EPA administrator, former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, resigned in July under a cloud of scandal.

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