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Interior Secretary Criticized for Saying 30% of Department Is Disloyal

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

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Washington (AP) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke faced a storm of criticism Tuesday after he said nearly one-third of employees at his department are not loyal to him and President Donald Trump.

Zinke said that when he took over the 70,000-employee department in March, "I got 30 percent of the crew that's not loyal to the flag" and compared Interior to a pirate ship.