Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. Photo: Secretary Zinke

Secretary Zinke claims 30 percent of Interior employees aren't loyal to 'the flag'

Some employees at the Department of the Interior aren't loyal to "the flag," Secretary Ryan Zinke told an industry group, The Associated Press reports.

Zinke spoke to a meeting of the National Petroleum Council in Washington, D.C., on Monday. He said a significant percentage of his employees aren't loyal to him or President Donald Trump, according to the AP.

“I got 30 percent of the crew that’s not loyal to the flag,” Zinke said, the AP reported.

It's not clear whether Zinke offered specifics about the allegedly disloyal employees. But he said a reorganization of the department will restore accountability and put decision-making in the hands of field offices, according to the AP.

So far, Zinke has taken the opposite approach when it comes to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. For example, decisions on off-reservation land-into-trust applications are being handled by political staff in D.C., not in the regions where tribes are located.

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Zinke: One-third of Interior employees not loyal to Trump (The Associated Press September 25, 2017)
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