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Trump to name acting Interior secretary to lead department


February 5, 2019

Evan Vucci – Associated Press

President Donald Trump, with acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, left, at a cabinet meeting at the White House in January.

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Monday that he is nominating David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist for oil and gas companies and other industries, to head the Interior Department despite objections from environmental groups that Bernhardt already was making regulatory decisions on the country's natural resources to benefit industries.

Trump tweeted his intention to nominate Bernhardt, now the Interior Department's acting head, to replace former Secretary Ryan Zinke. Zinke resigned in December amid ethics investigations.


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