Ryan Zinke Is Getting New Doors

Ryan Zinke Is Getting New Doors

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent $139,000 past year on construction of what a work order calls "Secretary's Door", the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

The three sets of double doors needed repairs because the previous doors let in wind and water that damaged hardwood floors, according to CNN.

For the record, Zinke says he had nothing to do with this and that preservation requirements and procurement rules raised the cost.

The Sierra Club, a leading environmental group, issued a statement Thursday slamming Zinke over the report, calling him a "walking scandal". "This is a ideal example of why the secretary believes we need to reform procurement processes". Ever since Zinke has taken office, his spending of the taxpayers' money has been criticised.

According to CNN, as it was reported in October, he had spent nearly $200,000 on his yearly travels.

Zinke is also infamous for spending thousands of dollars on charter flights which actually triggered a probe by the interior department's inspector general's office.

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Spending decisions by Trump administration officials have repeatedly attracted public scrutiny.

The new doors will be made of fiberglass. He spent $53,000 on three helicopter trips a year ago, including one that allowed him to go on a horseback ride with Vice President Mike Pence.

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt spent $25,000 on a soundproof "privacy booth" inside his office to prevent eavesdropping on his phone calls.

Last month, HUD secretary Ben Carson withdrew an order for pricey dining room furniture after the price was revealed.

But this would hardly be the first time that Secretary Ryan Zinke spent taxpayer money on an unusual expenditure. A 2007 renovation of the secretary's personal bathroom cost $222,000, a figure that included a sub-zero refrigerator and custom cabinetry.

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