ETHICS/INTERIOR/RYAN ZINKE: “Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his wife took security detail on their vacation to Greece and Turkey last year, official documents show, in what one watchdog group said could be a ‘questionable’ use of taxpayer resources.
Zinke has faced questions for months over his travel expenses and use of official resources, as have other members of President Donald Trump’s administration such as EPA leader Scott Pruitt, who was revealed Tuesday [3-20-18] to have spent $30,000 on security for an official trip to Italy last year.
Unlike Pruitt, Zinke was not conducting government business during his two-week vacation, which included stops in Istanbul and the Greek Isles. The documents do not reveal exactly how many security personnel accompanied the couple, who paid for them, how much they cost or whether they traveled with Zinke and his wife, Lola, for the entire trip.
Interior provided U.S. Park Police officers for Zinke’s security because of worries of violence in the region, department spokeswoman Heather Swift said… Zinke has already come under fire for mixing personal and official Interior business. Interior’s inspector general is scheduled to release its findings on his attendance at political events while on official travel around the middle of next month.”
-Ben Lefebvre, “Zinke brought security team to vacation in Turkey and Greece, records show,” Politico, Mar. 21, 2018 02:26pm