Trump announces next U.S. Interior Secretary pick
U.S. President Donald Trump said he would nominate ,former energy lobbyist David Bernhardt to be secretary of the interior, the department that oversees U.S. public lands.
"I am pleased to announce that David Bernhardt, Acting Secretary of the Interior, will be nominated as Secretary of the Interior," Trump tweeted Monday. "David has done a fantastic job from the day he arrived, and we look forward to having his nomination officially confirmed!"
Bernhardt, whose past clients include oil companies and others with business before the Interior Department, will lead an agency that oversees about 500 million acres as well as the energy production on that land, the Hill reported.
He became the agency’s deputy secretary in 2017 and has led the department on an interim basis since former Secretary Ryan Zinke resigned amid ethics scandals in January.
Trump will have to send Bernhardt’s nomination to the Senate, where a majority of senators will have to approved him.