EPA breaks Twitter silence to congratulate new head

EPA breaks Twitter silence to congratulate new head
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The Environmental Protection Agency broke its silence on Twitter on Friday for the first time since President Trump took office, tweeting out congratulations to its new administrator, Scott Pruitt.

"We’d like to congratulate Mr. Pruitt on his confirmation! We look forward to welcoming him to EPA," the agency said.

Pruitt, the former attorney general of Oklahoma, was confirmed on Friday by a 52-46 vote. Only one Republican, Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Memo: Trump allies say he needs a GOP scalp Maine’s GOP governor: Collins ‘unlikely’ to win gubernatorial primary Veteran launches Dem congressional bid in Maine MORE (Maine), voted against his confirmation, while two red-state Democrats, Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOfficials worry as Trump delays picking DHS chief OPINION | On immigration, Mr. President, pick a fight — and win it 7 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2018 MORE (W.V.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampOPINION | On immigration, Mr. President, pick a fight — and win it 7 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2018 Senate GOP campaign arm launches ads targeting Dems MORE (N.D.), voted in his favor.

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The EPA congratulatory message came a day after The New York Times reported that agency employees were calling their senators to urge them to vote against Pruitt, who sued the environmental agency more than a dozen times as Oklahoma's top law enforcement official.

That reported backlash from agency employees suggested that Pruitt could face stern internal opposition in his new post, according to the Times.

Government Twitter accounts regularly tweeted unflatteringly about Trump at the start of his administration. Soon after, Trump's staff ordered some government accounts to stop tweeting.

As a presidential candidate, Trump vowed to roll back environmental rules and regulations and expressed a desire to abolish the EPA.