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Interior Dept. spent $139K on secretary's office doors in sole-source contract

Interior Dept. spent $139K on secretary's office doors in sole-source contract

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.

Remember that "big handsome door" that Donald Trump promised for his border wall?

The Trump administration is yet again defending a senior official's spending after it emerged the Department of the Interior spent almost $139,000 (£100,246) on Secretary Ryan Zinke's office door.

Joe Nassar, the director of Interior's office of facilities, said the work was needed to stop water from coming into Zinke's office during rain storms, which was damaging wooden floors in the office.

"Between regulations that require historic preservation and outdated government procurement rules, the costs for everything from pencils to printing to doors is astronomical", Swift said in a statement to the Associated Press. So you know. There's that.

Cabinet post Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is the latest cabinet member to be caught up in a spending row
Cabinet post Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is the latest cabinet member to be caught up in a spending row

Zinke was unaware of the contract for the upgrade of three sets of double doors prior to a request about it from The Associated Press, spokeswoman Heather Swift said. Zinke's spokesperson wouldn't say whether changes had been made to a door somehow related to Zinke.

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

Zinke is the third member of Trump's cabinet who has been questioned for lavish spending of taxpayer money, the second member in two weeks. Another $9,000 was spent for biometric locks and to have Pruitt's office swept for hidden listening devices. Last month, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson withdrew an order for pricey dining room furniture, including a $31,000 table.

The door project is not the first time work on the Interior secretary's office has come under scrutiny.

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