Trump Picks Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke for Secretary of Interior

President-elect Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he planned to nominate Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke as secretary of interior. β€œHe has built one of the strongest track records on championing regulatory relief, forest management, responsible energy development and public land issues,” Trump said in a statement. β€œAs a former Navy SEAL, he has incredible leadership skills and an attitude of doing whatever it takes to win,” he continued. Zinke also released a statement on Thursday. β€œI will work tirelessly to ensure our public lands are managed and preserved in a way that benefits everyone for generations to come,” he said. β€œMost important, our sovereign Indian Nations and territories must have the respect and freedom they deserve. I look forward to making the Department of Interior and America great again.”