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WASHINGTON — He came as a cowboy. On his first day at work, March 2, 2017, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke rode a horse to the department headquarters in downtown Washington, arriving like a conquering king, accompanied by U.S. Park Police escorts, also on horseback. A native Montanan and a former congressman from that state, Zinke attired in a cowboy hat, jeans and a rodeo windbreaker instead of a Brooks Brothers suit. At interior’s headquarters awaited a legion of uniformed staff members, who received their new boss to the sounds of an honor song beaten out on a drum by an Office of Indian Affairs employee who also happened to be a member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe.
Zinke’s departure is unlikely to be so ceremonial. On Saturday morning, President Trump announced that Zinke will be leaving the Department of the Interior by the end of the month. Much like Scott Pruitt, who was forced out of the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year, Zinke was undone by hubris, which gave rise to more than a dozen investigations into his behavior in office. And like Pruitt, he leaves behind a department whose upper ranks are stocked with savvier operators who will continue to undo regulations without incurring nearly as much negative attention.
Chris Saeger, a conservationist with the Western Values Project, a watchdog group, called Zinke’s tenure a “disaster for public lands of historic proportions.” Other activists offered similar assessments while wondering what comes next.
This administration doesn’t need a revolving door but rather a conveyor belt.
The Democratic House needs to keep a very close eye on all departments in this administration to keep their disastrous agendas from ruining any more of America.
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