Trump says he’s not firing Zinke, for now
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his boss, President Donald Trump, moved Friday to tamp down talk that Zinke might be the next Trump administration official to go. The 57-yearold former Montana congressman has been dogged by ethics probes, including a Montana land deal involving a foundation he created and the chairman of an energy services company that does business with Interior. Trump’s long-anticipated ouster this week of Attorney General Jeff Sessions seemed to make good on expectations that Trump would shake up the ranks of officials after Tuesday’s midterms. Trump told reporters Wednesday he might reach some resolution about Zinke in about a week. Asked outright by reporters Friday if he would fire Zinke, however, Trump said, “No, I’m going to look into any complaints.” In an email, Interior Department spokeswoman Heather Swift said Zinke was “denying in strongest possible terms” any plans to leave.