Trump Picks Former Navy SEAL as Interior Secretary

In this photo taken Oct. 20, 2016, Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke speaks with a supporter in Billings, Mont. Matthew Brown/AP
In this photo taken Oct. 20, 2016, Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke speaks with a supporter in Billings, Mont. Matthew Brown/AP

WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump has offered Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke the job of interior secretary, though it's unclear whether the congressman has accepted.

That's according to two people with knowledge of the offer.

Zinke, 55, a retired Navy SEAL, was an early supporter of Trump and met with the president-elect Monday. He's been mentioned as a possible challenger to Montana's Democratic Sen. Jon Tester in 2018.

Trump was also said to be considering Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers for the job. She wrote on Facebook on Tuesday that it was an "honor" to be invited to meet with Trump.

The people with knowledge of the offer to Zinke insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the transition process publicly.

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