WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earlier on Wednesday, US media reported that Trump was going to announce the nomination of Pruitt as EPA administrator.
"Pruitt has brazenly used his [Oklahoma Attorney General] office as a vehicle for the agenda of big polluters and climate deniers in the court," Pelosi stated on Wednesday. "[T]he head of the EPA cannot be a stenographer for the lobbyists of polluters and Big Oil."
"The American people must demand leaders who are willing to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels," Sanders said in a statement. "I will vigorously oppose this nomination."
Pruitt, a Republican, has been a critic of EPA policies and practices adopted during the presidency of outgoing US President Barack Obama.