(National Sentinel)Â High Praise: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Sunday that anÂ Axios report claiming he is on the outs with President Donald J. Trump are incorrect while defending a decision to exclude coastline off of Florida from oil exploration.
TheÂ AxiosÂ reportÂ claimed Trump is â€œangryâ€ about the move and described it as a â€œmistake.â€ A former Interior Department official is quoted calling Zinkeâ€™s decision â€œclumsyâ€ and an â€œunforced error.â€
But in an interview withÂ Breitbart News on SiriusXM, Zinke countered that his relationship with the president is “great,” and that he’s “the best boss I’ve ever worked for.”
â€œHeâ€™s the best boss that Iâ€™ve ever worked for. â€¦ Heâ€™s given me a lot of latitude,Â and his guidance is to win â€” pretty good guidance,” he toldÂ Breitbart News Deputy Political Editor Amanda House.
â€œThe president and I talk all the time. We are absolutely in sync,â€ Zinke said, which essentially echoed the description byÂ Axiosâ€™ sources of a working relationship between the two men with â€œa lot of goodwill.â€
Zinke also pushed back against an allegation by an unnamed source within the department that he had gone “rogue” with his decision to delist Florida’s offshore regions from being eligible for new oil exploration.
â€œFlorida is different in the currents â€“ Iâ€™m a geologist â€“ itâ€™s different in geology,” he explained.
“Florida has a moratorium, by federal law, that prevents drilling until 2022. Every member of the Florida delegation wrote me personally. The governor, who is a friend, asked for an immediate meeting, and the executive order that the president signed, did not include the Eastern Gulf for review,” Zinke continued.
“It was the right move to remove Floridaâ€™s coastline from consideration,” he said, adding that he is confident in America’s ability to tap into oil and gas resources off the remainder of the country’s coastlines.
He said thatÂ under the Obama administration, around 94 percent of offshore drilling was shut down.
As for Trump,Â â€œHe doesnâ€™t micromanage, he just expects results and he holds me accountable,â€ he told House. â€œWhen he feels like Iâ€™m off the mark â€“ believe me â€“ he calls and heâ€™s not shy. His mind works at a million miles an hour and I have to justify what Iâ€™m doing.
â€œHeâ€™s the best boss Iâ€™ve ever worked for,â€ Zinke repeated, â€œand Iâ€™ve had some unbelievable leaders in the military.â€
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