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Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Republicans and Democrats alike are supporting President Trump's acceptance of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's resignation on Thursday.

The big picture: Pruitt was embroiled in several ethics scandals, yet through it all President Trump stood by him publicly, saying in April that "Scott is doing a great job" despite being "TOTALLY under siege." Pruitt credited his resignation to "unrelenting attacks on me personally," saying they "are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us."

  • Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL):
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY): "Took you long enough. Still a very long way to go to fully #DrainTheSwamp."
  • Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT): “Scott Pruitt was the worst EPA administrator in the history of the agency ... I will do everything possible to see that the next EPA administrator actually believes in environmental protection."
  • Sen. John Barasso (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works: “It has become increasingly challenging for the EPA to carry out its mission with the administrator under investigation. President Trump made the right decision to accept his resignation. I look forward to the confirmation of the next head of the EPA. In the meantime, I know Assistant Administrator Andrew Wheeler is well prepared to continue the progress already made under President Trump.”
  • Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA): "President Trump made the right decision. Administrator Pruitt’s ethical scandals and his undermining of the President’s commitment to biofuels and Midwest farmers were distracting from the agency’s otherwise strong progress to free the nation of burdensome and harmful government regulations."
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): "I believe the President was right to accept @EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's resignation. Like @realDonaldTrump I appreciate all of Scott's efforts to roll back the Obama Administration's burdensome regulations ... but it has become increasingly clear it was time for a change at EPA."
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA):
  • Former Director of the U.S. Office Government of Ethics, Walter Shaub:
  • Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW):

Go deeper: How things will (and won’t) change at the EPA with Pruitt gone

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World leaders react to "new dawn in America" under Biden administration

President Biden reacts delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

World leaders have pledged to work with President Biden on issues including the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, with many praising his move to begin the formal process for the U.S. to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement.

The big picture: Several leaders noted the swift shift from former President Trump's "America First" policy to Biden's action to re-engage with the world and rebuild alliances.

Updated 5 hours ago - Politics & Policy

In photos: The Biden and Harris inauguration

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden watch a fireworks show on the National Mall from the Truman Balcony at the White House on Wednesday night. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Biden signed his first executive orders into law from the Oval Office on Wednesday evening after walking in a brief inaugural parade to the White House with first lady Jill Biden and members of their family. He was inaugurated with Vice President Kamala Harris at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday morning.

Why it matters: Many of Biden's day one actions immediately reverse key Trump administration policies, including rejoining the Paris Agreement and the World Health Organization, launching a racial equity initiative and reversing the Muslim travel ban.

Republicans pledge to set aside differences and work with Biden

President Biden speaks to Sen. Mitch McConnell after being sworn in at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Photo: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images

Several Republicans praised President Biden's calls for unity during his inaugural address on Wednesday and pledged to work together for the benefit of the American people.

Why it matters: The Democrats only have a slim majority in the Senate and Biden will likely need to work with the GOP to pass his legislative agenda.

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