- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Rep. Ryan Zinke, Montana Republican, is Donald Trump’s choice to be Interior secretary.

In an appearance Tuesday night on Fox News, Trump campaign-manager Kellyanne Conway confirmed that Mr. Trump had made the offer, though she didn’t say whether it had been accepted.

“Today, the president-elect offered the spot to congressman Zinke,” Ms. Conway said. “It was a very competitive process and wonderful candidates.”

The offer to the former Navy SEAL commander was first reported by Politico, citing “two transition officials” and one other source.

Mr. Zinke was an early supporter of the political newcomer’s successful presidential candidacy, but he is also being eyed by D.C. Republicans as a potential challenger for Montana’s U.S. Senate seat, which Democrat Jon Tester will defend in 2018.

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