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Ryan Zinke says he could return to Trump admin after 2020 election


by Zachary Halaschak | May 30, 2019

Former Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke, who resigned at the end of last year amid ethics investigations, reportedly said that national politics could once again be in his future.

Zinke, 57, is a former congressman from Montana who served in President Trump’s administration from 2017 to 2019. Speaking at a luncheon in Texas on Monday, Zinke said he could return to the administration should Trump be elected in 2020, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“The president didn’t want me to leave. I may or may not go back into the administration at a later time,” he said. “I believe in the president’s vision of making sure America is strong and not held hostage. The world is a lot safer when America is strong.”

Zinke was investigated by the Justice Department over allegations he used his position in the government for personal gain. He was looked into by the Interior Department’s inspector general over allegations he was improperly involved in a real estate deal with Halliburton Chairman David Lesar.

The inspector general was also looking into accusations that Zinke improperly used taxpayer money. Zinke has denied the allegations, and when he departed, Trump praised his tenure in the administration.