Trump’s Interior Secretary, Whom Colorado Republicans Praised Last Week, Says Trump Is “Delightful To Work For”

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Last week, after Trump’s Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met with Colorado Republican state senators, including Kevin Grantham of Canon City, Beth Martinez Huminek of Westminster, and Randy Baumgardner of Hot Sulpher Springs, he meandered up to Steamboat Springs, where he gave a lengthy interview praising Trump and warning against blaming climate change for Colorado’s wildfires.

Grantham tweeted that Zinke, who’s in charge of public lands, was doing a “great job,” but the Steamboat Springs Pilot asked Zinke not about his boosters but about how he felt about his critics.

Zinke said they don’t “even want to look at the truth.”

“There’s a lot of angry people out there, and quite frankly, they don’t even want to look at the truth, and it’s just a series of attacks without merit. At the heart of it, you do right, and you fear no one. I’m passionate about public lands. I’m passionate about never selling them, never transferring it, but we have to manage it, and there has been a consequence I believe of almost environmental terrorism, where we’re limiting access, shutting down roads, not having the ability to remove dead, dying trees. It comes at a cost.”

Zinke led the charge to reverse Obama’s efforts to preserve lands at the Bear’s Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah.

Trump is “delightful to work for,” Zinke told Steamboat Springs Pilot reporter Matt Strensland, adding that the president is “actually doing exactly what he said he’d do.”

The phrase “delightful to work for” and the word “Trump” are not often paired with each other, according to a Google search.

“President Trump is a businessman, and it’s really easy to figure out the direction where the president is going because in the White House he has a huge chalkboard — you know, whiteboard — that has campaign promises,” Zinke said in the interview. “And many of those campaign promises are crossed off.”

“I think people have to look at removing the hatred, which is I think shameful,” Zinke told the Pilot. “And the intolerance. When President Trump is mentioned in some quarters, there is anger and intolerance.”

Zinke defended himself from attacks on his travel, saying he followed all procedures. He denied having any relationship with Whitefish Energy, other than having graduated from White Fish High School.

Zinke went on to deliver a lecture at the Steamboat Insitute, where a protester yelled, “Why won’t you acknowledge that climate change is causing and accelerating wildfires, even in Routt County?”

Zinke shouted back, “You know what? You haven’t served and you don’t understand what energy is. I’d like to see your child have to fight for energy.”

4 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    Hope someone gets a chance to ask Sec. Zinke a few questions about Migratory Birds.

    Cruelty without consequence is Trump’s way

    For the past 100 years, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) has, among other things, incentivized industries to avoid the intentional or unintentional slaughter of North America’s native birds, primarily using fines. But now, President Trump’s Interior Department has announced that it will no longer enforce prohibitions on “incidental takes” — the unintended, though still perhaps foreseen, killing of birds, as in open waste pits, uncovered oil spills, lit communication towers and low-visibility power lines. 

  2. gertie97 says:

    Zinke is an embarrassment to the state of Montana.

  3. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    What is it about the setting at Steamboat Institute that makes these Fossilonians so very comfortable spilling what's bottled up on their insides? 

  4. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Zinke shouted back, “You know what? You haven’t served and you don’t understand what energy is. I’d like to see your child have to fight for energy.”

    That's the point, Mr. Secretary.  We shouldn't have to fight for energy.  Have you ever heard of Operation Free, a Truman Center project? If not, do yourself a favor and drop by their offices.  We're literally drowning in domestic, infinite clean energy.  Our only real fight is with politicians like you who are wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Fossilonians.  Sending our kids to foreign lands to fight for energy?  That's coming from a very dark place deep inside you. 

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