Cathy McMorris Rodgers was originally tapped to run Trump’s Interior Department. But then Uday and Qusay intervened because they bonded with Ryan Zinke over hunting stories.
Donald Trump Jr. helped vet and interview candidates for the interior secretary position, a source familiar with the process confirmed, and Eric Trump was present for at least one meeting for secretary of state between his father and Mitt Romney.
CNN reported last week that Trump Jr. was heavily involved in the opening at Interior, in large part due to his hunting passion. He has played a heavy role in picking that nominee, which is Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke, transition sources confirm.
The pick was expected to be a western state politician given Trump Jr.’s background. He is part of a conservationist hunting club called the Boone and Crockett Club, based in Montana, which Zinke represents. Trump Jr. and the transition have also gotten input from Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines, who has been hunting with Trump Jr. and his son. A transition source said the Trump children’s natural inclination toward conservation was weighed heavily in the search, balanced against other traditional Republican priorities of small government and less federal control of public lands.
The real difference between Rodgers and Zinke in terms of running Interior is probably not much. They are both right-wing westerners. And given Zinke probably would have run against Jon Tester for the Senate in 2018, for Democrats this might be better. But it shows two things. First, that the two most important factors in being close to Trump are being white and having a penis. Second, this is pure government by cronyism in a way we have not seen since the Harding administration.