Trump twitter: Zinke out as Interior Secretary

Posted at 8:48 AM, Dec 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-17 16:20:03-05

WASHINGTON- President Donald Trump announced Saturday morning that Ryan Zinke would be stepping down as Secretary of the Interior at the end of the year.

Zinke, a Navy SEAL veteran from Whitefish, served in the post for almost two years. He was nominated to the post about a month before President Trump took office.

During his time as Interior Secretary, he as eased regulations and opened land for exploration by fossil fuel developers as well as worked to address a backlog of maintenance at national parks and placed a mining ban on 30,000 acres outside Yellowstone National Park

But during his time in at the Department of the Interior, he also faced numerous investigations and scrutiny over spending and travel.

The Trump administration says it plans to announce a new Interior Secretary next week.