Trump tweeted early Saturday that Zinke “will be leaving the Administration at the end of the year after having served for a period of almost two years.”
“Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I want to thank him for his service to our Nation,” Trump wrote.
He did not specify whether Zinke resigned or was fired, and said he will announce a new secretary next week. Whoever he nominates will likely have to go through Senate confirmation.
The competition for worst Trump cabinet officer is like the competition for worst 20th century dictator, i.e., stiff, but Zinke’s game was strong.