The leader of the Interior Department discussed the controversy surrounding his travel expenses and his take on the job he has held for more than seven months in an interview with Amanda House, the deputy editor of Breitbart’s Big Government silo, on a live Facebook feed Sunday.
“I always felt there are two great things that we should fund, our military for the defense of our great country and the parks and public lands for the defense of generations to come,” said Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, a former Montana congressman and a retired Navy commander, who served as a Navy SEAL, both in kinetic operations and in command. Zinke was expected to run for the Senate in Montana before he was chosen to lead Interior.
As tensions rise between the Vice President Michael R. Pence’s staff and President Donald J. Trump’s staff, Zinke is seen as a strong choice to join the 2020 ticket with Trump if Pence resigns to challenge Trump in the primary or is dropped by the president.
House was talking to Zinke after he returned from a trip to Florida to survey the damage from huricanes Irma and Maria.
House: You’ve come under criticism from our friends on the left for these trips. What are your thoughts on these Democrats that have come out against you?
Zinke: Unmitigated, 100 percent B.S.
Zinke said an example of how his trips have been mischaracterized is his March trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, which he said was called a vacation in the press. The trip was the subject of a story in Politico, which ties the trip to Zinke meeting with local Republicans.
CNN reported Oct. 2 that Interior’s Office of the Inspector General had opened an investigation into the secretary’s travel.
The man, who once commanded SEAL Team Six, said he flew commercial coach to the Virgin Islands as the representative of President Donald J. Trump at ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the transfer of the Virgin Islands from Denmark to the United States.
On his trip to Florida, Zinke said he saw firsthand how the recovery was going and he also checked into the condition of the National Everglades National Park.
The Everglades require a major infrastructure projects that with the cooperation of the Army Corps of Engineers will undo past mistakes in managing the region and will repair damage from the hurricanes, he said.
Speaking more generally, Zinke said his travel regiment as part of his management style, which is to enpower people actually doing the job and to meet with them to see for himself what is going on.
“As a former Navy commander, I have always wanted to go out on the front lines and talk to real people,” he said. “The view from Washington is so much different than the view from the field.”
REPORT: Hunter Biden Threw “Raucous Party” at Rented L.A Mansion Weeks Ago, Relapsed on Sobriety
This guy is out of control.
Weeks before Hunter Biden became a subject of national attention after the contents of his old laptop were revealed to the public, the younger Biden relapsed on his drug addiction and threw a “raucous” party in a rented Los Angeles mansion, according to new reporting from the Daily Mail.
Biden had rented a $2,300 Pacific Palisades mansion for the party, which reportedly took place shortly after the younger Biden stormed out of his own house following a feud with his wife, South African filmmaker Melissa Cohen. Cohen and Biden have a seven-month old child. Biden’s wife had been threatening to take the child to South Africa, and demanding that Biden receive treatment from a therapist, marital issues that caused Biden to go rogue for several days.
Sources indicated to the Daily Mail that Biden was seen relapsing on his substance abuse problem at the impromptu party. This would conflict with Joe Biden’s claims at the first presidential debate that his son was successfully handling his drug problem, as sources claim the rager took place only last month.
An attorney for Hunter Biden denied the veracity of the Daily Mail’s report when asked for comment.
It’s worth noting that this is a 50-year old man with several children, at least one of whom he’s been compelled to recognize and financially support through litigation from an Arkansas stripper. He’s a bit too old to be acting like a Los Angeles playboy.
Those struggling with drug problems deserve treatment and sympathy. That certainly does not entail placing them in positions of authority, or even trusting them. Electing Joe Biden would create a series gaping ethical fissures, especially considering the younger Biden has already proven willing to utilize his proximity to his father for corrupt political purposes.
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