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Report: Trump Taps Former Navy SEAL Rep. Ryan Zinke For Interior Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump has asked freshman Montana Rep.Ryan Zinke to be secretary of the interior, an unnamed sourceon the transition team and someone familiar with the cabinetoffer told Politico.

Zinke, an early supporter of Trump, spoke with thepresident-elect at Trump Tower Monday, and said the two spoke aboutpriorities for his home state of Montana.

“President-elect Donald Trump and I had a very positive meetingwhere we discussed a wide range of Montana priorities. We are bothhopeful for the future,” Zinke told reporters after the meeting.

Zinke was elected to Congress in 2014, and if he accepts theposition to lead the Department of the Interior, Montana Gov. SteveBullock, a Democrat, would have to replace him with one of threenames provided from by the Montana GOP while the state held aspecial election to fill the seat, state Sen. Jeff Essmann,chairman of the Montana Republican Party told the Flathead Beacon.

“On energy, I will cancel job-killing restrictions on theproduction of American energy – including shale energy and cleancoal – creating many millions of high-paying jobs,” Trumpsaid ina video last week.

Last week, it was widely reported that Washington Rep. CathyMcMorris Rodgers would be nominated for interior secretary, againaccording to unnamed transition sources.

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