What has been expected for several days was made official Thursday morning as President-elect Donald J. Trump officially tabbed Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke for the Secretary of the Interior cabinet position.
President-elect Trump announced Zinke's selection early Thursday.
"I am pleased to nominate Congressman Ryan Zinke as our Secretary of the Interior. He has built one of the strongest track records on championing regulatory relief, forest management, responsible energy development and public land issues," Trump said. "As a former Navy SEAL, he has incredible leadership skills and an attitude of doing whatever it takes to win. America is the most beautiful country in the world and he is going to help keep it that way with smart management of our federal lands. At the same time, my administration's goal is to repeal bad regulations and use our natural resources to create jobs and wealth for the American people, and Ryan will explore every possibility for how we can safely and responsibly do that."
Trump's comments were included in a release issued by his transition team. Zinke's response was also included. The congressman did not comment beyond the statements in the release.