Zinke Is OUT: Interior Secretary Will Leave At The End Of 2018

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke listens during a Cabinet meeting at The White House in Washington, DC, December  20, 2017. Credit: Chris Kleponis / Polaris
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 20: U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke listens during a Cabinet meeting at the White House December 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump in the meeting extolled passag... WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 20: U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke listens during a Cabinet meeting at the White House December 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump in the meeting extolled passage of the tax reform package as it nears, called for an end to the immigration visa lottery and celebrated the repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate included in the tax package. Trump did not take questons. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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President Donald Trump announced Saturday morning that embattled Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will leave his post at the end of the year, and that the administration will announce his replacement next week.

Zinke has been reportedly casting about for employment safety nets for a while, eyeing posts at Fox News, though the network denies talking with Zinke, and energy companies. He has also mulled staying in politics, with an eye on the 2020 Montana governor race.

Though Trump has a great personal affinity for Zinke, the Interior Secretary has found himself in the middle of countless probes into his Scott Pruitt-esque ethical misdeeds and has long been pegged as a Cabinet official with numbered days.

The timing of the ouster is unsurprising, as the upcoming Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives would likely have made Zinke the object of increased scrutiny and possible legal ramifications.

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  1. So at last we have the Zinke Slinke outta town

  2. And his replacement will be…wait for it…MICK MULVANEY!!!’

  3. Senator Hirono says: Sayonara!

  4. And the horse he rode in on?

  5. And another dinner guest quietly leaves the city…

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