It’s n normal and expected that any admin would make a midcourse correct after the shalacking they received in the midterm elections….
With the Democrats in charge in the House?
Trump cannot afford to have people in charge of agencies that have legal baggage….
Look for other changes….
Neilsen at Homeland and DeVos at Education come to mind for this dog….
Trump tweeted early Saturday that Zinke “will be leaving the Administration at the end of the year after having served for a period of almost two years.”
“Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I want to thank him for his service to our Nation,” Trump wrote.
He did not specify whether Zinke resigned or was fired, and said he will announce a new secretary next week. Whoever Trump nominates will likely have to go through Senate confirmation.
David Bernhardt, the deputy Interior secretary, could take over as acting secretary in the interim.
Bernhardt has been the point person on numerous major Interior initiatives, such as changes to the Endangered Species Act and efforts to start drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He is widely expected to continue similar policies as Zinke, though perhaps with a different tone.
Zinke’s departure as head of the agency that oversees federal land, wildlife and American Indian relations comes as Democrats prepare to take over as the majority in the House, where they’ll have subpoena power for investigations…..