President Trump announced on Saturday that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will resign at the end of the year. 


In a following tweet, he said his administration would announce Zinke's successor next week.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, who visited Zinke and Trump in Washington, D.C. earlier this week, issued a statement Saturday after hearing that Zinke is stepping down from office.

“I met with Secretary Zinke just this week and was deeply impressed with his grasp and understanding of Alaska and its people,” Dunleavy said. “Consider for a moment what he accomplished in less than two years. A road to King Cove that can prevent the needless loss of lives, our country’s reemergence as the world’s leading producer of energy, opening ANWR to safe exploration and forging a new relationship between western states and the interior department based on mutual trust and respect. I want to express my deepest gratitude to Secretary Zinke for all he has done for Alaska.”

Sen. Lisa Murkowski echoed Dunleavy's sentiments that Zinke was integral in helping progress initiatives in Alaska as well as the rest of the country.

“I am appreciative of all we have done with the Secretary. He hasn’t indicated where he will be moving next to, but I think it’s fair to say that he has been very helpful to us in Alaska and very helpful in advancing the issue of how we do more as a nation with our energy resources.”

She was surprised by the news, even though there had been rumors of an exit since Thanksgiving.

“I had gotten the impression he certainly enjoyed what he was doing. I think the leadership he has provided there at the department is leadership that has been good for our state certainly, and many of the western states. I for one, am going to be sorry to see him go,” she said.


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