Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler denied writing an anonymous New York Times Op-Ed on the “resistance” inside the Trump administration to the president’s agenda.
Wheeler tweeted Wednesday he was “honored to serve” in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet and called on the person who did write the Op-Ed to resign.
— EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler (@EPAAWheeler) September 6, 2018
Wheeler took over EPA in July after former Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned amid a flurry of ethics investigations.
He will likely serve until Trump names Pruitt’s successor.
Wheeler is one of several top Trump administration officials to deny authoring the Op-Ed published Monday by The Times. The Op-Ed’s anonymous author claimed to be a senior Trump administration official.
“I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations,” the anonymous official wrote in The Times.
The unidentified official claims to be one of many “senior officials” who are “working diligently from within” in opposition to the president.
The official wrote that Trump’s “impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic” in the article explaining why he and others are undermining an elected leader.
Top Trump administration officials denied authoring the Op-Ed and railed against The Times for printing the anonymous article.
Vice President Mike Pence’s office said The Times “should be ashamed and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical, and gutless op-ed.”
“It’s not mine,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, adding that “it shouldn’t surprise anyone that The New York Times, a liberal newspaper that has attacked this administration relentlessly, chose to print such a piece.”
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson have also denied writing the Op-Ed.
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