Trump says he’s not fir­ing Zinke, for now

Tampa Bay Times - - Nation & World -

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.

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