BREAKING: Top Trump Official Leaves Administration

  • 2018-12-15
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
BREAKING: Top Trump Official Leaves Administration
By PHC C.M. Fitzpatrick [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
President Donald Trump announced this morning Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is leaving his position by year's end.
The Daily Caller's Tim Pearce reports:

The White House has begun identifying potential replacements for Zinke, according to Bloomberg. Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, all Republicans, are all in the running to be next secretary of the interior, Bloomberg reports.

Trump is planning to announce a new leader for the Department of the Interior (DOI) next week.


Zinke has been plagued by media and investigator scrutiny into his travel spending, political activity and decisions as interior secretary. He has come under investigation by the Office of Special Counsel and the DOI inspector general at least 15 times. The same two watchdogs investigated the four prior DOI secretaries a total of 11 times.

As of this article's publication, the Department of the Interior has not responded to press inquiries. 
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