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  • Rep. Ryan Zinke, an ex-Navy Seal commander ---> Secretary of the Interior

    I guess they changed their minds about Cathy McMorris Rodgers...
    Trump selects Zinke as interior secretary


    President-elect Donald Trump has offered the interior secretary position to Montana’s freshman Rep. Ryan Zinke, an ex-Navy Seal commander, according to two transition officials and someone familiar with the offer.

    The sources said Zinke has yet to accept and has given no indication as to which way he is leaning. But Zinke is also being discussed by prominent Washington Republicans as a possible 2018 candidate for the Montana Senate seat now held by Democrat Sen. Jon Tester.


    The offer comes just days after multiple news outlets reported that No. 4 House Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) was the favorite to win the position. But multiple top Trump aides weren’t sold on the Washington Republican and encouraged Trump to broaden his search.


    Out of all the Republicans on the Hill, Zinke has one of the strongest track records on conservation and public land issues — and he's even voted against his own party at times. He voted against the GOP’s fiscal 2016 budget because it sold public lands, and even resigned as a delegate to the RNC this summer because the party platform included language calling for the sale of public lands.

    Zinke has also opposed efforts by House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) to transfer land and other GOP measures to hand over millions of acres of public land from the U.S. Forest Service to the state.

    He’s also partnered with Democrats on conservation issues...


    Zinke's targets could include ending limits on offshore drilling, lifting Interior's freeze on new coal leases and abandoning federal fracking regulations, such as a rule that a judge struck down in June.

    Zinke could also help Trump unravel the department's recently finished five-year road map for offshore oil and gas drilling, which took two areas in the Arctic out of contention, although doing so could take several years.

    On climate change, Zinke has called for a “prudent” approach to the issue that does not do too much damage to the coal industry. Montana is the sixth-largest coal producing state in the nation, according to the Energy Information Administration.

    “You know, if you go up to Glacier Park and you have your lunch on one of the glaciers, you will see the glacier recede while you eat lunch. So you know I have seen the change in my lifetime,” Zinke told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle last year, although he questioned the extent to which carbon emissions were to blame.


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    Well, Trump's attitude towards veterans is certainly clear.
    Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.


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